17 Taliban killed, power supply snapped in Faryab fighting
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Seventeen militants have been killed during clashes in northwestern Faryab district, snapping power supply to four districts and the provincial capital, officials said on Tuesday.
Fourteen fighters were also wounded during the overnight firefights in Qaisar and Shirin Tagab districts, where a bullet hit the power transmission line, tearing through a cable.
Since last night, residents of Khwaja Sabz Posh, Shirin Tagab, Dawlatabad and Pashtunkot districts, as well as Maimana, have been without power supply.
Asadullah, a Maimana inhabitant, told Pajhwok Afghan News most people were using gas cylinders to keep themselves warm in the chilly weather. He spent the last night in darkness and his mobile phone has run out of charge.
A Breshna Shirkat (power utility) official said a technical team would be sent to the area today to fix the fault if the fighting ended.
Over the past decade, Faryab has been importing 30 megawatts of electricity from Turkmenistan, benefitting around 70,000 families. But currently, only 500 families have access to the facility.
Col. Raza Rezaee, 209th Shaheen Military Corps spokesman, said eight Taliban were killed and 14 others wounded during an overnight operation in Chaharshanba and Konjak areas Qaisar district.
Rebel commander Abdul Samad was among the dead, he said, adding the soldiers had wrested back a tank and a Ranger pick-up that the insurgents had seized as a result of a recent clash in Qaisar.
Meanwhile, Shirin Tagab district’s administrative head Syed Luqman Gharik said a Taliban attack on the town had been repulsed by members of a public uprising and security forces.
He said nine militants were killed and several others wounded in the ensuing clash. The Taliban also used military tanks in the attack staged from Faizabad and Koh-i-Sayyad areas.
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