Taliban threaten to target state run Telecom Company
Issuing a statement today, August 26, the Taliban have threatened
that they will target all facilities, radio masts and towers belonging to the
state run telecommunication company, Sallam Network, in all across Afghanistan.
The statement noted that employees of the company would be
treated in the same way as intelligence agents are treated. “All fiber lines
drawn through the ground will be destroyed. Its personnel, equipment, and
vehicles will be treated like intelligence agencies,” part of the statement
The militant group also warned that subscribers of the Telecom
Company would be prosecuted in accordance with sharia law.
Sallam Network has been accused of “spying for Kabul administration
and the Americans” in Taliban’s statement.
Nasrat Rahimi, spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior,
described the warning as hostility against the Afghan people. He added that the
Afghan security forces would ensure security of communication companies,
including Sallam Network.
The warning comes days after the Taliban insurgent forced four major private communication companies—Roshan, MTN, Etisalat, and Afghan Wireless— to stop their operations in the northern Balkh province.