3 Giza transmission towers collapse in twin bomb attacks
Transmission towers

CAIRO: At least four transmission towers were bombed Monday in two separate attacks in Giza, three of which collapsed earlier this morning, according to Youm7.

The first bombing occured in Barageel Village in the town of Awsim, after six explosive devices attached to the bases of three towers detonated, said a source at Giza investigations department.

Four bombs planted under another tower in the same district went off few hours after the first blast.

Preliminary investigations indicated that assailants remotely detonated the planted bombs through mobile phones. Bomb squads were deployed at the bombing sites in search for potential IEDs.

Blasts at transmission towers, electricity transformers, mobile operators and other public utilities have been frequent since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

Such attacks have inflicted losses estimated at millions of pounds on the Ministry of Electricity, which has recently announced plans to install surveillance cameras at transmission towers nationwide.

Egypt is already facing an energy crisis due to shortage of fuel; however, the ministry has reassured the public the repetitive blackouts witnessed in summer 2014 will not be witnessed in 2015.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Abdel Razeq and Wael Mohamed

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