Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Taleban threat hits Afghan phones

BBCNews has an interesting post about how Afghan mobile phone companies have begun switching off their signals at night in parts of the restive south after several attacks by the Taleban:

Ten mobile phone masts were attacked in recent weeks, the latest on Tuesday night, the Afghan government says. Last month the Taleban threatened the companies, alleging that the networks were being used by Afghan and Nato troops to target them.

Mobile phones are the only form of communication for many Afghans. They were introduced to the country in 2001, after the fall of the Taleban. The latest attack took place on Tuesday night, when a mobile phone tower was set on fire in the western province of Herat.

Since a threat by the Taleban last month to target the towers unless the phone companies switched off their signals at night, 10 such facilities have been attacked, six of them completely destroyed.

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