Fuel truck explodes near Baghdad airport

Fuel truck explodes near

October 4, 2009 12:11

A fuel tanker exploded Sunday near a checkpoint outside of Baghdad International Airport, Iraqi officials said, along a route once known as the world's deadliest road because of frequent attacks there during the height of the insurgency. There were conflicting reports about the cause of the explosion: An Iraqi police official said it was a bomb attached to the truck while an airport official said it was an accident. The police official said a bomb attached to the tanker detonated at the checkpoint on the four-lane road leading to the airport. But airport spokesman Kareem al-Timini said the explosion was an accident that was caused when the driver started a fire on the side of the road.

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