Egypt says it arrests Islamists on suspicion of carrying out attacks on power supply, police

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The spokesman for Egypt's Interior Ministry says authorities have arrested 22 people on suspicion of carrying out attacks on police officers and the country's electricity infrastructure.

Hani Abdel-Latif said Wednesday that authorities believe those arrested are part of terrorist cells affiliated with ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group.

He said the 22 people were arrested in the Nile Delta governorate of Sharkiya. He says authorities also seized explosives.

Egypt witnessed a massive blackout earlier this month. While the government officials have said the cause of the power crunch is poor maintenance and a lack of funding, some also have blamed the Brotherhood and described it as attempts to undermine the country's new government.

The Brotherhood has denied it uses violence amid the government crackdown on the group.