Police forces have arrested six alleged Muslim Brotherhood-linked 'terror cells' who have been accused of attacking power stations and electricity pylons across Egypt.
In an unsurprising move, the government is blaming the recent electricity crisis on supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi. The claim comes after police forces busted six 'terror cells' allegedly hell bent on sabotaging power stations and leaving the Egyptian public sweating in the dark. A statement claims that the MB-linked cells comprise of around 40 members, some of whom are employees of the Ministry of Electrcity.
Police claim that the group planned to target governorates include Giza, Menoufiya, Gharbiya, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharqiya and Alexandria. It is claimed that explosives and chemicals used in making explosives were stored for future targets. The news comes as Egyptian PM Ibrahim Mahlab last night claimed that over the past month there have been 300 attacks on electricity pylons, affecting electricity generation by about 15 to 20 per cent.
However Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker claimed that specialised security groups have been formed and equipped to protect electricity pylons across Egypt. The arrests come following a recent spate of power cuts which has caused misery across Egypt, leaving many homes in darkness for up to nine hours per day. The shortages are mostly caused by dwindling gas supplies and poor power station maintenance plans.