Three IEDs exploded Monday inside two electricity transformers in 10th of Ramadan City, with experts able to deactivate a fourth bomb planted nearby, reported state news agency MENA.
The explosions resulted in a power outage in two districts and damaged the two transformers.
The explosions come hours before a decree President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi issued on Monday that will refer those accused of crimes against the state’s “vital” facilities to military prosecution.
Among the facilities “protected…against terrorist attacks” by the new law are “stations, power networks and towers, gas and oil fields, rail lines, road networks, bridges”.
The law “[pertains] to the protection of vital and public facilities” according to a Monday presidential statement, which added that the armed forces and police will coordinate to protect these facilities.
The Ministry of Interior arrested 52 “terrorists” on 18 October, as part of efforts to stop Muslim Brotherhood plans targeting Egypt’s infrastructure, said Ministry of Interior spokesperson Hany Abdel Latif. A group in Daqahleya was accused of damaging and burning eight power transformers in Mansoura.
Since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, explosions have been frequently taking place and targeting police and military personnel, especially in Sinai.