KABUL: An explosion brought down electricity lines and cut off power to Kabul on Thursday, in an additional blow to Taliban efforts to stabilise Afghanistan two months after they seized management.
The reason for the blast was not instantly clear, however whether it is confirmed as an assault will probably be additional proof that militants are turning the previous insurgent Taliban’s personal rebel techniques in opposition to them.
“Moments in the past, an explosion blew up an influence pylon in Qala Murad Beg space of Kabul province, chopping off a 220 kV imported energy line,” the Breshna energy firm mentioned in a message to clients.
“Because of this the electrical energy transmission was minimize off in Kabul and another provinces.”
As the facility went down at about 6pm (1330 GMT), lights flickered and went darkish in Kabul — residence to greater than 4.5 million folks — and personal turbines kicked into operation at companies and wealthier residences.
Afghanistan is basically reliant on electrical energy imported from its northern neighbours Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, making the cross-country energy traces a primary goal for insurgents.
Through the Taliban’s personal 20-year battle in opposition to the previous US-backed authorities the rebels usually attacked energy infrastructure.
However after seizing energy in mid-August the motion has confronted in its flip typically lethal bomb assaults from the Daesh group.
In its message, Breshna mentioned it had despatched engineers to the realm, simply to the north of the capital metropolis, “and when the scenario permits, they may begin repairing the connection”.