2 electricity transformers bombed in twin attacks in Fayoum
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CAIRO: Two blasts have hit electricity transformers in Fayoum city, southwest of Cairo, early Saturday leaving no causalities but minor damages, Youm7 reported.

The first blast left an electricity transformer damaged after an explosive device, planted to the transformer, went off.

A power cut was witnessed in Kiman Fares district, which the damaged transformer used to feed.

A second bombing hit another transformer near Fayoum Sports Stadium shortly after the first one; the blast also caused damages to the transformer and to a part of the stadium’s fence.

Preliminary investigations into the second attack indicated that assailants used a can filled with gunpowder.

Following the attacks, police forces deployed around the stadium, while bomb squad forces reportedly combed the area 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.

On June 15, three transmission towers collapsed after being targeted with six high explosive devices.

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 Rabab el-Galy

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