Seven mobile towers blown up in Ghazni
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Seven mobile towers of different communication firm were destroyed by suspected militants in Maqar, Abband and Qarah Bagh districts of southern Ghazni province, officials said on Thursday.
"Militants having foreign backing are trying to deprive the nation of development. They blew up the towers which were not working for the last one year," Police Chief Brig. Gen Zarawar Zahid told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Provincial Council Secretary Abdul Wali Khanzada claimed militants had demanded money in return for not destroying the towers and ordering the suspension of services at night. He said the blackout created problems for people of the area.
Resident Abdul Wahid said towers belonging to Etisalat, Roshan, MTN and Afghan Wireless Communication Company were blown up in Maqar bazaar two days ago.
Two towers in Larrama and Speenband areas of Abband district were also destroyed two days ago and buildings of those towers were also destroyed.
An Etisalat tower was also brought down in Qara Bagh district yesterday.
A Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they had warned some mobile companies to stop functioning, but they did not abide by their orders and as a result those towers were destroyed.
The acting communication minister on Thursday urged the Taliban to lift restrictions on cell phone networks and stop intimidating telecom firms into suspending services at night in some provinces.
"Banning telephone services at night does not show Taliban's enmity with foreigners or the Afghan government, but with the people of Afghanistan," Eng. Amirzai Sangin told Pajhwok Afghan News.
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