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Divers caught cutting internet cable

28 March 2013, 12:16

Cairo - Egypt's military spokesperson says the country's naval forces have captured three scuba divers who were trying to sabotage an undersea internet cable in the Mediterranean, while telecommunications executives blamed a weeklong internet slowdown on damage caused to another cable by a ship.

Colonel Ahmed Mohammed Ali said in an announcement on his official Facebook page on Wednesday that divers were arrested while "cutting the undersea cable" of the country's main communications company, Telecom Egypt.

The statement said they were on a boat. It did not further have details on their identity.

Egypt's internet services have been disrupted since 22 March.

Telecom Egypt executive manager Mohammed el-Nawawi told the private TV network CBC that the damage was caused by a ship, and there would be a full recovery on Thursday.

- AP


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