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Taliban threatens Afghan mobile telecom companies
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15:57, February 25, 2008

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Taliban militants on Monday warned mobile telecommunication service companies to shut down their boaster towers in Taliban-held areas in Afghanistan within three days at nighttime, a statement released by the outfit said.

"We are calling on all cellular phone service companies to shutdown their activities from 05:00 p.m. to 07:00 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 on Feb. 27 and if any one fails to heed the demand their boaster towers and offices will be attacked and 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 U.S.-led military invasion in late 2001 and continued to attack Afghan government and foreign troops.

The outfit, though defeated in the traditional fighting as claimed by government officials, can still exert significant influence from the remote southern regions through guerrilla-style attacks, including ambushes, roadside mines and suicide blasts.

Source: Xinhua

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