Massive power outage in Kabul after militants attack pylon

Vastavam web: A massive power outage in Kabul has left many residents of the Afghan capital with no lights or running water, officials said today, after militants blew up an electricity pylon in the restive north.A pre-dawn attack Saturday on a transmission tower in Baghlan province left Kabul with 95 megawatts, less than a quarter of its normal power supply, said Wahid Tawhidi, a spokesman for power utility Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS).he provincial governor’s spokesman Mahmood Haqmal said Taliban fighters had used a mine to “bring down” the power line.

“They have escaped the area but some of them are still in the mountains, preventing engineers from fixing the pylon,” Haqmal told AFP.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP that the militant group had “cut a cable in Baghlan province”.The Taliban warned last month that they would continue to cut power to Kabul unless their demands for electricity in areas under their control in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces were met.

Residents in Kabul have been forced to make do with just an hour of electricity a day, sparking a firestorm of complaints on social media.”We had one minute of electricity then no electricity the whole day. What kind of electricity this is?” Ahmad Zia Jamal wrote on Facebook.Residents in the Afghan capital are used to power shortages during the colder months when usage is higher, but supply is normally more plentiful in spring and summer.