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Foreign national collecting information on Kajaki dam: Official

AT-KABUL: Some foreign nationals armed with sophisticated weapons and modern technology, are in Helmand province to collect information about the Kajaki hydropower dam, the provincial governor claimed.

“Our intelligence operatives have found out that some foreign nationals who seem to be from Iran, are here and ask questions from the locals about the Kajaki dam,” Mohammad Yasin said Wednesday, assuring that the security forces would not allow these people get their goal.

There were reports earlier that armed groups planned to damage water and power dams including the Kajaki dam. Also, officials in Nimroz province said that Iran was arming more opposition groups to increase insecurity and make obstacle for the construction of the Bakhsh Abad dam.

Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani had warned his country would not remain silent against the construction of water and power dams in Afghanistan.

Afghan rivers in the west and southwest are flowing into Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan province and the construction of dams would keep waters from pouring there.

The Kajaki dam was built in 1953 that irrigates farmlands and Helmand and Kandahar, produces electricity and prevents floods in the two southern provinces.

“This (Kajaki dam) is a very big project and has been so far protected by the governments. The current government should make steps in the protection of the dam and assure people that the rumors on its destruction are baseless,” said Attaullah Afghan, head of Helmand provincial council.

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