Taliban threatens Afghan mobile telecom companies

February 25th, 2008 - 6:37 pm ICT by admin  

Kabul, Feb 25 (Xinhua) Taliban Monday warned mobile telecommunication service companies to shut down at night their booster towers in Taliban-held areas in Afghanistan within three days, a statement released by the militants said. “We are calling on all cellular phone service companies to shut down their activities from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. (local time) next day in Taliban-held areas within three days,” the statement read out by the outfit’s purported spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid to media outlets in south Afghanistan said.

It added that the deadline ends Feb 27 and any one failing to pay heed will have their booster towers and offices destroyed.

The Taliban stressed that the Afghan and international troops are using mobile phone to spy on, and locate, Taliban fighters at night and then target them.

The Taliban waged insurgency after being ousted from power by a US-led military invasion in late 2001 and continued to attack Afghan government and foreign troops.

The movement, though defeated and ousted from power, still exerts significant influence from the remote southern regions through guerrilla-style attacks, including ambushes, roadside mines and suicide blasts.

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