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Taliban torch telecom tower, abduct guard in Ghazni

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Taliban torch telecom tower, abduct guard in Ghazni

Jul 20, 2016 - 18:03

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon militants have torched a mobile phone tower of a private telecom company and taken away the tower’s guard with them in southern Ghazni province, police said on Wednesday.

The Ghazni police headquarters in a statement said the Taliban torched the MTN tower in Qadam Qala area on the outskirts of Ghazni City, the provincial capital, at about 11pm last night.

The statement said the Taliban also took away the tower’s lone guard with them. “Guards of mobile phone towers do not keep contacts with security forces and as a result such incidents happen,” the police statement said.

It said security forces had launched their efforts to secure the release of the guard.

A resident of the area, Hakimullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban set the tower afire at 11pm last night. “There was no gunfire; we came to know in the morning that the tower’s guard had been kidnapped.”

He said the MTN mobile phone service did not properly work since last night’s incident.

The Taliban have so far said nothing in this regard.


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