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IS says its fighters brought down Kabul power lines

Taliban members keep watch near the site where a grenade was thrown at a Taliban vehicle at the Deh Mazang Circle in Kabul on October 20, 2021.   | Photo Credit: AFP

The Islamic State militant group’s Afghan branch on Friday said it was behind an explosion that brought down electricity lines and plunged Kabul into darkness.

The power cut on Thursday was a further blow to Taliban efforts to stabilise Afghanistan two months after they seized control.

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In a statement published on its Telegram channels, Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) said “the soldiers of the caliphate detonated a bomb on an electricity pylon in Kabul” to damage the electricity sector.

The explosion hit a high-voltage line supplying imported power to Kabul and some other provinces.

Afghanistan is largely reliant on electricity imported from its northern neighbours Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, making cross-country power lines a prime target for insurgents.

The Taliban has promised to fight IS-K but the group has continued to carry out devastating atrocities.

Earlier this week, IS-K said it was behind a suicide bombing of a Shia mosque in Kandahar on October 15 that killed 60 people.

Meanwhile, a roadside bombing targeting a Taliban vehicle in eastern Afghanistan killed two civilians.

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