Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Overfishing and the global appetite for bluefin tuna: can Tokyo help turn the tide?

Read more

EUROPE NOW

Best of Europe Now (Part 1)

Read more

ENCORE!

Clapton pays hommage to 'Cocaine' songwriter J.J. Cale

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Alexander Stubb, Prime Minister of Finland

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users pay tribute to MH17 victims

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Lieutenant General David Morrison, Australia's Army Chief

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Muslims and Christians clean up Bangui, and violence spirals out of control in Algeria's Gardaia

Read more

REPORTERS

Hong Kong in rebellion against the 'motherland'

Read more

  • Ukraine rebels release bodies, black boxes from flight MH17

    Read more

  • Over 100,000 displaced in Gaza as death toll escalates

    Read more

  • An ‘explosion of violence’: French press reacts to Gaza protests

    Read more

  • US, UK oppose France’s warship sale to Russia

    Read more

  • Notorious ‘VIP’ prison in Paris closed for renovations

    Read more

  • Christians in Iraq's Mosul face execution or exodus

    Read more

  • Scores killed as Libyan militias fight over airport

    Read more

  • Ukraine football players refuse to return home after friendly in France

    Read more

  • China steps up communist education to guard against ‘moral decline’

    Read more

  • France slams ‘anti-Semitic’ violence at pro-Palestinian rally

    Read more

  • French rugby stars attacked with machetes and swords

    Read more

  • Hollande announces new military operation in West Africa

    Read more

  • Prince George picture released to mark first birthday

    Read more

  • Kristoff wins Tour’s flat Stage 15

    Read more

Mobile phone towers destroyed following Taliban threats

Latest update : 2008-03-03

A week after Taliban militants warned mobile phone operators to shut down networks, two mobile phone towers were destroyed in southern Afghanistan.

 

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, March 2 (Reuters) - Gunmen have
destroyed two mobile telephone towers in southern Afghanistan,
a police officer said on Sunday, after Taliban insurgents
warned operators to shut networks at night or face attacks.

The Taliban last week ordered operators to switch off their
networks from 5 p.m. until 7 a.m., saying foreign troops used
mobile phones to track the militants.

Saturday night's attack targeted an antenna belonging to
the Roshan mobile company just outside the city of Kandahar.
The first raid hit a tower of Areeba, another mobile phone
operator, in Kandahar hours after a Taliban ultimatum expired
on Thursday.

"Unknown gunmen started a fire and destroyed a Roshan
antenna last night," said Mohammad Asif, a police officer in
the area.

Mobile phone operators have not commented on the two
attacks and the Taliban warning. Ousted from power in 2001, the
Taliban militants largely rely on mobile and satellite phones
for communicating with each other and the media.

Mobile phone networks are virtually the only means of
communication in Afghanistan, a country ravaged by three
decades of war.

Four mobile operators, three of them foreign firms, with an
estimated investment of several hundred million dollars have
sprung up in Afghanistan since the Taliban's removal.

Afghanistan is going through its worst period of violence
since U.S.-led and Afghan forces toppled the Taliban in late
2001.

Afghan and international troops are engaged in daily
battles with insurgents mainly in the ethnically Pashtun south
and east of Afghanistan, while Taliban suicide bombers have
struck military and civilians targets the length and breadth of
the country.

U.S. coalition forces killed several insurgents while
searching compounds looking for a Taliban commander in the
Garmser district of Helmand in southern Afghanistan, the U.S.
military said on Sunday.

The policy of NATO and U.S. coalition forces in Afghanistan
is not to release exact figures for Taliban casualties.

Canada has about 2,500 soldiers based in the Kandahar
region. Ottawa said a Canadian soldier died on Sunday when his
vehicle hit an explosive device.

Date created : 2008-03-03

COMMENT(S)