Technology Bombing takes Egypt TV channels off-air for hours: Source

Bombing takes Egypt TV channels off-air for hours: Source

 

chairman of the Egyptian Media Production CityOsama Heikal
chairman of the Egyptian Media Production CityOsama Heikal

(AA) – An explosive charge was detonated overnight near the main power transformer of a government-run complex of satellite broadcasting studios in western Cairo, cutting off transmission briefly, a security source said on Tuesday.

A loud explosion sound was heard late Monday night at the Cairo Media Production City, followed by a several-hour blackout at the complex, which halted transmission from most Egyptian satellite television channels.

The source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency that bomb experts have defused a second bomb which had been planted inside the broadcasting complex.

Sources had told AA at the onset of the explosion that it was caused by an accidental short circuit at the electricity transformer.

Osama Heikal, the head of the Media Production City, has told state-run Al-Ahram news website that authorities began investigating the explosion, which he maintained was outside the complex’s premises.

He also said that he had contacted cabinet and military officials to provide electrical generators at the complex until the transformer is repaired.

Egypt has been dogged by instability since the military ouster of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in mid-2013.

Attacks, mainly targeting security personnel, have killed scores of policemen and taken a toll on the country’s already reeling economy which relies heavily on tourism and foreign investments.

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