Taliban plunge Faryab into darkness after clash
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Taliban insurgents have cut off cables carrying electricity from Turkmenistan to northwestern Faryab province following a clash with security forces.
Police Chief Col. Syed Aqa Andarabi told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash in Khawaj Subz Posh district left seven insurgents dead and 10 others wounded.
Another three Taliban were killed on Sunday evening when they wanted to harass passengers traveling on a highway, he said.
He said during the clash the Taliban cut off cables supplying electricity to Maimana, the provincial capital, Dawlatabad, Sherin Tagab, Khawaja Sabz Posh and Pashtonkot districts.
The blackout has created many problems for residents. Abdul Jamil, a resident of 1st municipality district, said: “There no is electricity and we travel to far away areas to charge our cell phones.”
In the ongoing solar year, electricity supply to Faryab had been many times suspended, with officials blaming it on Taliban for their sabotage acts.
Maj. Reza Reza, spokesman for the 209th Shahin Military Corps, said the security situation had improved in the area and the power supply would be restored by Monday evening.
He said four insurgents had been killed and six others wounded during a clash in Almar district.
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