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Blackout in Kabul After Taliban Attacks Major Power Line

It could take three weeks to get power back

A Taliban attack on a critical power line supplying the Afghan capital has plunged large swathes of Kabul into darkness, government officials told NBC News Wednesday.

The blackout appeared the mark the first time the Taliban managed to majorly sabotage Kabul’s main power supply and came after Afghan security forces launched a major offensive against them in Baghlan province.

Mahmood Haqmal, spokesman for Baghlan’s provincial governor, told NBC News that the Taliban “blew up several power pylons” after Afghan security forces launched operations to clear the area of insurgents.

A Taliban spokesperson denied responsibility for destroying power lines, blaming Afghan…

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