Egypt offers year long free public transportation to bomb informers

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Feb 2015

The decision comes as the country witnesses numerous, near-daily bomb threats in Sinai, the capital and elsewhere

Egypt's third metro line (Photo: Al-ahram)

Egypt's transportation ministry will grant citizens who report on potential sabotage actions or bomb alerts free access to all kinds of public transportation for a year, the ministry said on its website Monday.

The transportation ministry has said the decision aims at "confronting the sabotage adopted by a perverted minority against the railway and the subway, owned by the Egyptian people."

The free-rides card will be named "Long live Egypt- Security is everyone's responsibility," and will be awarded to anyone who reports on actions of sabotage before occurrence, acts that aim to delay or disrupt the public facilities and possible explosive devices.

The slogan "Long Live Egypt" has been a hallmark of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's speeches to rally patriotism.

The card will grant free-of-charge access to the underground metro, railway trains and public buses.

Citizen reporters should notify the transportation police, and will be rewarded if their reports are accurate.

Egypt has been hit by a rising wave of jihadist attacks that have claimed the lives of hundreds of security forces and sometimes civilians.

Though the deadliest attacks have been centered in the country's restive Sinai Peninsula and are mostly claimed by the Islamic State-affiliated group, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, dozens of smaller bombs have been planted nationwide, sometimes in civilian areas.

Several sound bombs were found in recent months in metro stations and bus stops. Other fake explosives have been placed in many spots around the capital and other cities, in an apparent strategy to cause panic among civilians.

The gravest attack in months came less than a week ago in northern Sinai and killed at least 30 people, in which security forces were the targeted, though civilians also suffered casualties.   

Egyptian authorities blame the increasing violence on the group of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood, which was designated a terrorist organisation in 2013.

The Brotherhood denies engaging in violence.

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