Militants blow up power pylon in Afghanistan

Kabul: Militants blew up a power pylon in Salang district in Afghanistan’s eastern Parwan province and left Kabul in darkness, provincial police spokesman Mohammad Salim Nuri said on Wednesday.

“Taliban militants detonated a pylon in Salang district some 70 km north of Kabul early Wednesday and thus left Kabul in darkness,” Nuri told Xinhua news.

“Explosives planted under a 220 kilowatt electricity pylon in the southern part of Salang district went off at 1.30 a.m. local time today and resultantly electric power to Kabul and several other provinces was cut,” said Breshna Shirkat, the Afghanistan Power Company, in a statement.

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However, the company added that work to repair the pylon and restore Kabul’s power supply had been started.

This is the second time that the Taliban have been accused of blowing up a power pylon and cutting electricity to Kabul and other provinces over the past one month.

In the previous attacks on power supply, the militants blew up power pylons in northern Baghalan and Kunduz provinces, cutting electricity to Kabul and 11 other provinces for about one week, according to officials.

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