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Power restored to Kabul after Taliban sabotage act

Power restored to Kabul after Taliban sabotage act

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Mar 26, 2018 - 20:17

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Electricity supply to central capital Kabulinfo-icon was restored hours after the Talibaninfo-icon blew up pylons in northern Baghlan province, fracturing the supply, the power utility said on Monday.

In Kabul, Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Shirkat (DABS) said militants destroyed the pylon with a bomb some 22 kilometers away from a sub-station in Baghlan capital, Pul-i-Khumri, at around 2:00am last night.

Provincial (DABS) director Sultan Mohammad Azizi told Pajhwok Afghan News they dispatched a technical team to the area after the attack to repair the pylon. The team reconnected the supply line to Kabul with the sub-station at around 3:00pm Monday.

Azizi said: “They repaired the blown up pylon in Dushi district last night and reconnected the Kabul electricity”.

He further added they had temporary reconnected the blown power pylon as it needed one week to be fundamentally repaired.

DABS general office also confirmed in a statement the repairing of power pylon in the area and said it might take some time to fully repair the pylon.

Separately, police arrested a man trying to place explosives to a power pylon in Chashma Shir locality of Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital.

The accused has been under security forces’ investigation.

In a statement, the Taliban said some areas of Baghlan were still deprived of electricity in breach of the government’s own commitments.

The Taliban destroyed an electricity pylon in Dand-i-Shababuddin last year, cutting off the imported electricity supply to Kabul for 40 days.

The Afghan Taliban blew up several electricity power lines early on Monday, leaving parts of Kabul in darkness in an act of sabotage that follows a funding dispute with the government.

The insurgents earlier this month said they would target power lines that feed the city’s supply if public welfare projects in Kunduz and Baghland provinces were not speeded up.

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