Police crackdown on unregistered SIM cards used in blasts
Bomb expert - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A police crackdown continues to seize unregistered SIM cards, which are suspected to be used to remotely detonate bombs, Youm7 reported Saturday.

A SIM card was found Saturday near the Egyptian Media Production City after two bombs exploded Friday, leaving no casualties or damages.

Mobile phones have been used in detonating improvised explosive devices remotely in most of the attacks that followed the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

Per the security crackdown, some 1,181 unregistered SIM cards have been confiscated earlier this month.

On Jan. 27, Egypt’s Court of Urgent Matters banned the usage of unregistered SIM cards, stating that Egypt’s three mobile operators (Vodafone, Etisalat, and Mobinil) shall comply with the court decision and register all clients’ data.

Unregistered SIM cards “harm the security and public peace, violate and threaten the security of Egypt and citizens,” the court said.


Additional reporting by Mahmoud Abdel Rady

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