CAIRO - Egypt's coastguard caught three divers cutting through an undersea Internet cable on Wednesday, the army said, the first suggestion criminals might be involved in days of severed connections and disruptions online.

A patrol stopped a fishing boat near the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria and arrested three divers, the army spokesman said on his official Facebook page.

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He did not give details of the divers' possible motive in severing the link he said belonged to Egypt Telecom, the country's monopoly land-line provider.