Trains resume following bomb on Cairo-Zagazig railway track

Ahram Online , Saturday 26 Dec 2015

Explosion left no casualties

Cairo train station
File Photo: A passenger walks near an empty train at the main train station in Cairo April 7, 2013 (Reuters)

Railway services have resumed on the eastern railway line between Cairo and Zagazig following repairs to damage caused by an improvised bomb planted on the track, MENA reported. 

The stoppage of services caused by the bomb lasted for a couple of hours.

The improvised bomb exploded early Saturday on the eastern Cairo-Zagazig railway track causing damage without leaving any casualties, Al-Ahram arabic news website reported.

The explosion brought train movement betwen Cairo and Zagazig to a halt.

It is not known who planted the bomb, according to the head of Sharqiya security directorate Hassan Seif.

Seif said that the bomb resulted in 50 centimetre length of fractures, and a hole of 35 centimetres.

Explosives experts have been combing the area to ensure there are no other devices planted.

Stoppages in railway services due to bombs have been common since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Meanwhile, the incident comes a day after Egypt's Sharqiya governor, Reda Abdel-Salam, was sacked from his position by the cabinet Friday.

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