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ISIS claims attack on power lines that plunged Kabul into darkness

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Afghanistan: The explosion occurred on a high-voltage line supplying imported electricity to Kabul. (file)

Beirut:

The Afghan branch of the Islamic State militant group said on Friday it was behind an explosion that toppled power lines and plunged Kabul into darkness.

Thursday’s power cut was another blow to the Taliban’s efforts to stabilize Afghanistan, two months after it gained control of Afghanistan.

In a statement published on its Telegram channels, Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) said that “Caliphate troops detonated an electric pylon in Kabul to damage the power sector”.

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

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

The Taliban have promised to fight IS-K but the group continues its devastating atrocities.

Earlier this week, IS-K said it was behind the October 15 suicide bombing at a Shia mosque in the southern city of Kandahar, which killed 60 people.

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