Power supply cut off as Taliban blow up pylon in Faryab
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Electricity supply to Maimana, the capital of northwestern Faryab province, and three other districts has been suspended after the Taliban blew up a power pylon in Sherin Tagab district, an official said on Tuesday.
Syed Abdul Hamid, Da Afghanistan Breshan Shirkat (DABS) director for Faryab, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the insurgents destroyed the power pylon in the Koh-i-Sayad locality of the town Monday night.
He said electricity supply to Dawlatabad, Sherin Tagab and Khwaja Sabz Posh districts as well as Maimana had been cut off due to the damage to the pylon as a result of the explosion. Earlier, the rebels planted landmines to blow up two other pylons but the blasts did not cause much damage.
The damaged pylon was located in the middle of orchards and the installation of a new one would take time, the official added. But DABS personnel will strive to restore the power supply by evening.
Syed Luqman Gharik, administrative chief of Tagab district, claimed the power pylon had been damaged by supporters of Mullah Asadullah, a Taliban commander in the area.
Earlier, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said the Islamic Emirates had advised its fighters not to blow up installationsbenefitting the public, including schools, roads and power pylons.
Luqman said the latest incident showed the rebels did not honourthe promises held out to the people. There has been no comment yet from the Taliban.
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