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Power outage hits Kabul after militants attack pylon

AFP  |  Kabul 

A massive power outage in has left many residents of the Afghan capital with no lights or running water, officials said today, after militants blew up an pylon in the restive north.

A pre-dawn attack Saturday on a transmission tower in province left with 95 megawatts, less than a quarter of its normal power supply, said Wahid Tawhidi, a for power utility Da Breshna Sherkat (DABS).

Efforts to repair the pylon had so far failed as heavy fighting prevented a local DABS crew from reaching the site, Tawhidi told AFP.

"Today when our team tried to go to the area, rockets were fired at their vehicles and they had to turn back," he said.

The provincial governor's said 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.

told AFP that the militant group had "cut a cable in province".

This is the fourth outage in recent weeks caused by militant attacks on the power line transmitting from and It has also affected neighbouring and provinces, Tawhidi said.

The warned last month that they would continue to cut power to unless their demands for in areas under their control in and 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

"We had one minute of electricity then no electricity the whole day. What kind of electricity this is?" wrote on

Another user, Shabnam Khurasani, posted: "Power cuts in Kabul are intolerable." The bulk of Afghanistan's electricity comes from neighbouring countries but the amount is insufficient to meet demand.

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.

Many people have diesel generators to provide backup power to their homes and businesses. Others go without, relying on battery-powered torches for light and drums of water to bathe and flush toilets.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 17:35 IST