Militants cut Faryab power supply lines
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Taliban have cut power supply lines in northwestern Faryab province, which plunged the entire area into darkness, an official said Sunday.
Sayed Abdul Salam Nazhat, Dawlat Abad district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that militants blew up an electricity tower in Shaikhha area of the district last night, disrupting electricity supply to Maimana City, the provincial capital and four other districts.
After cutting power supply, militants also stormed security posts but it could not be immediately ascertained whether the firefight caused any casualties on either side, he said.
Mohammad Shah, a resident of Maimana City, said that the weather was too hot there and people were facing immense problems without electricity.
He said that electronics appliances were also damaged. “I and tens of other people waiting for a photocopy machine but due to no electricity we’re still waiting,” he added.
But Faryab electricity director Sayed Abdul Hameed said that engineers had arrived in to the area and would repair the cables.
Faryab energy officials said around 70,000 families in Maimana and eight other districts used imported electricity and the power was currently cut for Maimana city, and Khawaja Sabz Posh, Pashtun Kot, Sherin Tagab and Dawlatabad districts.
This is the second time the power cables to Faryab have been cut as result of security incidents during the past one week.
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