Power cables to major eastern cities cut down again
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Unknown gunmen had once again severed power cables in the Ozbin area of Sarobi district, depriving residents of eastern Nangarhar and Laghman provinces of electricity.
Nangarhar electricity department head Mohib Rahman Momand told Pajhwok Afghan News he was on his way to Sarobi district and that the cables had been cut off as a result of an armed clash between two groups.
It was for the second time in few days that the lines had been broken. Earlier, Ozbin residents said they would allow the broken lines to be repaired if they were extended electricity.
After a series of jirgas and rounds of negotiations, the residents allowed officials to repair the lines.
Momand, who is accompanied by engineers and technicians on his way to Sarobi, said they would repair the broken lines if reached the site without any problem.
But another official, who declined to be identified, said the gunmen had also blown up a power pylon this time. He said repairing lines was easy, but installing the pylon would take some time.
The blackout has landed Jalalabad residents in great trouble. Faqir Syed, a resident, told Pajhwok Afghan News it was a great injustice with the people to cut off electricity lines in this hot weather and fasting month.
He said if insurgents or mafia groups were involved in the sabotage act then they were meting out injustices to common people for their own interest.
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