Baghlan fighting impedes repair of power pylons
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Local security officials on Saturday said intense fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces was ongoing in the Dand-i-Shahabuddin area of northern Baghlan province.
Deputy police chief for the province, Col. Abdur Rashid Bashir, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the ongoing clashes erupted early Saturday morning.
“Afghan forces are closing in on the militants from three sides to pave the ground for Breshna Shirkat (power utility) workers to repair the power cables cut some days ago,” he said.
A pylon was blown up during an operation against militants in Dand-i-Shahabuddin locality of Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan, on January 27. As a result, the supply of 300 megawatts of electricity imported from neighbor Uzbekistan to Kabul was snapped.
Breshna Shirkat Director Ghulam Hussain said some cables had been reconnected but two pylons located in Gaji area were yet to be fixed due to security problems.
“The clashes are ongoing where two pylons have been damaged; security forces were not allowed to go there and repair them, but we would fix the problem once situation returns to normal,” he concluded.
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