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Taliban stop cell phone signals in Ghazni City

Taliban stop cell phone signals in Ghazni City

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Nov 30, 2018 - 14:31

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Mobile phone networks, except the state-run Salaam Communication Network, have been silent in central Ghazni province for the last three days on the orders of Talibaninfo-icon militants, local residents say.

There has been no service on other networks except the Salaam, for the last three days in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, said resident Habib Rahman.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News on Friday that local residents were in great trouble due to the blackout because the Salam network also did not work properly.

Another resident, Mohammad Kamran, said he had been unable to contact his office and friends for the past three days. “The Taliban have banned cell phone services in Ghazni City, which shows the rebels have strengthened in power and the government weakened.”

Almost similar views were expressed by other residents.

About the issue, the governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Arif Noori, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they had not yet received formal information why the networks had been shut down in Ghazni.

“We are in talks with officials of these mobile phone companies and the issue will be resolved soon,” he said, reassuring that the Taliban could not storm Ghazni City like they did in the past.

The Taliban confirmed banning mobile phone services in Ghazni, saying the move was aimed at protecting civilians from airstrikes.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, said they banned the mobile phone services for security reasons.

Besides Ghazni City, the Taliban have banned mobile phone signals in other parts of the province.

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