The explosion occurred in an area on the northern outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul, and targeted the electricity pylon, severing the main line and plunging the city into total darkness.
Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Power supply to no less than 12 provinces of Afghanistan, including Kabul, was restored after days of disruption caused by the destruction of an electricity pylon on Thursday. The electricity pylon was destroyed in a bomb explosion, Xinhua reported, citing the statement from the Afghan national power company. The terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the explosion.
“Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) staff completed the restoration of a destroyed power tower in the Qala-e-Muradbig area of ââKabul province at noon on Sunday … Power has now returned to the normal, “the company statement said.
The explosion took place in an area on the northern outskirts of Kabul in Afghanistan. The destruction of the electricity pylon cut the main power line to Kabul, leaving the city in total darkness. In addition, Afghanistan has faced power shortages for some time now and has imported electricity from several neighboring countries including Tajikistan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, among others, has Xinhua reported. Due to the explosion, the supply line distributing imported electricity to Kabul was cut.
Meanwhile, the Taliban said it has so far arrested three people in the case of an electricity pylon explosion.
This latest attack is one of several similar attacks by ISIS in Afghanistan since the country was taken over by the Taliban from the United States after two decades. ISIS also claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a Shia mosque in Kandahar, which claimed the lives of 60 people. The terrorist group later threatened Shia Muslims as well, claiming that they would be targeted everywhere, from their homes to the centers.