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Divers caught cutting Internet cable to Egypt

Egyptians shout anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a march from downtown to the main Brotherhood headquarters in the hilltop neighborhood of Muqat...
Egyptians shout anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a march in Cairo on March 22, 2013. A military spokesman said Wednesday divers were caught cutting an Internet cable, and Egypt is already having a Internet slowdown because of damaged caused by a ship to another cable.Amr Nabil / AP

CAIRO — Egypt's naval forces captured three scuba divers who were trying to cut an undersea Internet cable in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, a military spokesman said. Telecommunications executives meanwhile blamed a weeklong Internet slowdown on damage caused to another cable by a ship.

Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said in a statement on his official Facebook page that divers were arrested while "cutting the undersea cable" of the country's main communications company, Telecom Egypt. The statement said they were caught on a speeding fishing boat just off the port city of Alexandria.

The statement was accompanied by a photo showing three young men, apparently Egyptian, staring up at the camera in what looks like an inflatable launch. It did not further have details on who they were or why they would have wanted to cut a cable.

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