Taliban militants plunge Afghan capital in darkness

Taliban militants plunge Afghan capital in darkness

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 11:12 am

Taliban militants have plunged half of Kabul, the Afghan capital in darkness.

Mirwais Alimi, Chairman of Breshna, the National Electricity provider, said on Wednesday that  Kabul was thrown into darkness after Taliban militants blew up a pylon carrying power to the city.

He said the Taliban on Tuesday evening blew up an electricity pylon in Dand-e Shahabuddin area near the Baghlan-Kunduz highway” north of Kabul.

Alimi said the explosion cut off the Uzbekistan-Kabul power line which supplies Kabul and that many buildings were using backup generators.

“At least 40 to 50 per cent of Kabul will have no power until the pylon is fixed.

“Our team is in Baghlan ready to fix the pylon and get the power back online within a day. “However, we are waiting for the security forces to clear the area of Taliban before we can do that,” he said.

In March, a series of avalanches in the Hindu Kush mountains destroyed power lines and put the capital in the dark for over a month.

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