March 1, 2008

Taliban blow up Afghan phone tower

taliban3.jpg Taliban militants blew up a telecommunications tower Friday in southern Afghanistan following a threat to phone companies warning them to shut down the towers at night or face attack. The AP reports.

"The militants fear U.S. and other foreign troops are using mobile phone signals to track insurgents and launch attacks against them. A Taliban spokesman on Monday said militants would blow up towers across Afghanistan if the companies did not switch off their signals overnight.

Insurgents made good on that threat Friday, destroying a tower along the main highway in the Zhari district.

Thousands of customers will be affected by the tower attack, Serhadi said. Police have increased security around other phone towers, he said.

Militants have threatened mobile phone companies in the past, accusing them of collusion with the U.S. and other foreign military forces.t of Kandahar province, said Niaz Mohammad Serhadi, the top district official.

Thousands of customers will be affected by the tower attack, Serhadi said. Police have increased security around other phone towers, he said.

Militants have threatened mobile phone companies in the past, accusing them of collusion with the U.S. and other foreign military forces.

Communications experts say the U.S. military has the ability, using satellites and other means, to pick up cell phone signals without the phone company's help. Cell phones periodically send signals to the network even when they are not making calls.

Related:

-- Taliban highlights militants' mobile tracking fear

-- Taliban Threaten Phone Companies

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