Mobile Phone Virus Scare Jumps from Pakistan to Afghanistan

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Rumours last week were spread around Pakistan that a deadly virus was being sent through mobile phones and that anyone answering phone calls from some certain numbers would contract a fatal illness. The rumours claimed that "as soon as you answer your phone blood comes out of your mouth nose and ears and you die"

The cellular operators moved to calm down subscribers and said in a joint statement "These rumors are completely baseless. They do not make any sense in technological terms." Farah Hussain, a spokeswoman for Warid Telecom, told Reuters that their customer service centers had been inundated with panicky subscribers inquiring about the so-called virus.

However, the "virus" seems to have jumped borders and the rumour is now spreading through Afghanistan, and government authorities are blaming local Taliban for spreading the scare story.

"I find it necessary to assure the people that the rumour spreading around the city is absolute nonsense -- it's baseless," interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told a news conference. "It's the work of the enemy," said Bashary, referring to the Taliban.

The interior ministry said it was investigating the source of the latest story."

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