CAIRO: A quarter of a ton of materials used in explosives manufacturing was discovered scattered in the mountains of South Sinai, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Intelligence had reported that abandoned quarries in South Sinai are used as storehouses for explosive materials.
The seized materials were adequate to manufacture thousands of bombs, security sources told Youm7.
In a Wednesday statement, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir said 29,820 kilograms of explosives and thousands of rounds of different ammunition were seized in December.
Many of the attacks perpetrated in Egypt since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi took place in restive North Sinai, where an affiliated of the Islamic State group is based.
However, a bomb had been placed on a Russian plane before it took off from South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh, leading to its crash Oct. 31 and killing all passengers on board.
Tons of trinitrotoluene and ammonium nitrate have been seized by both military and police forces across Egypt. Since his ouster, hundreds have been killed due to explosive devices.
Manufacturers of explosive devices have also significantly increased; some amateur bomb makers have been reported killed in the process.