Taliban cut down 3 more power pylons in Baghlan
KABUL (Pajhwok): Officials said militants cut down another three power pylons near Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of northern Baghlan province.
The sabotage act comes amid unsuccessful efforts to repair the power supply line from Uzbekistan to Kabul, which had been snapped as a result an earlier Taliban attack in Dand-i-Shahabuddin area on the highway connecting Pul-i-Khumri with Kunduz province.
Local officials had claimed militants targeted the pylon, but the rebels said the tower was hit by a rocket fired by Afghan forces.
However, the pylon is yet to be restored and some officials and local residents claim insurgents have cut down another three power towers in the area.
Akhtar Mohammad, a resident of Dand-i-Shahb area, told Pajhwok Afghan News that militants sawed off three power pylons on Sunday and one of them had fallen on the ground. He said Dand-i-Shahab area was currently under Taliban control.
Baghlan deputy police chief, Col. Abdur Rashid confirmed the militants had sawed off three pylons.
He said they invited local tribal elders and tasked them to negotiate with the Taliban not to cut down pylons. Rashid said they were unaware about militants’ response to local elders.
Bresha Shirkat Business Director Mirwais Alami said they had also heard rumors about militants damaging three power pylons.
Alami asked the government to take decisive action for repairing the pylon or let the Breshna Sherkat technical team themselves contact local people and resolve the issue. “Electricity is welfare, anyone who damages it is not an Afghan,” he said.
Alami said they were ready to repair the pylons in Dand-i-Shahabuddin area if security forces allowed them to do so.
On the other hand, a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said insurgents would not target Breshna Shirkat workers repairing the pylons.
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