Silent night: Afghani cellcos told by Taliban to close networks at dusk

25 Feb 2008

According to a report carried by the Associated Press, Taliban militants have threatened to blow up base stations of the country’s four wireless network operators if they do not agree to switch off their signals for ten hours a night. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed claims the US and other foreign troops in the country are using wireless signals to track down the insurgents and launch attacks against them. The Taliban have reportedly given the cellcos a three-day deadline to stop their signals between the hours of 5pm and 3am. ‘If those companies do not stop their signal within three days, the Taliban will target their towers and their offices,’ Mujaheed said.