Two million in darkness after militants cut power line in Afghanistan

Two million people are without electricity after an armed group destroyed a power line in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday.

"A group of militants in Badpakh district of Laghman province deliberately cut the cable by firing at it," Laghman spokesman Sarhadi Zwak told dpa.

"The whole province as well as neighbouring Nangarhar province did not have electricity for 12 days now."

The attack on the line was intended to put pressure on the government to supply electricity to people in the area where the armed group comes from.

"Laghman has no any alternative electricity source," Zewak said.

Government offices were using diesel generators, but private households were mostly left without power.

Tribal elders tried to negotiate with the local militia for access to the site to repair the cable.

Nangarhar was able to use power produced by a dam, but it could only provide for military bases and hospitals, Nangarhar spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said.

Nangarhar has a population of 1.5 million people, according to a UN estimate from 2015.

450,000 Afghans live in Laghman.

Last update: Fri, 16/09/2016 - 10:55

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