Afghan dies from burns after scare involving Panetta

By REUTERS
March 15, 2012 07:44

 
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KABUL - An Afghan man who emerged ablaze from a stolen pickup truck as a plane carrying US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was arriving at a base in Afghanistan has died from burns suffered in the incident, a US commander said on Thursday.

US Lieutenant General Curtis Scaparrotti told reporters travelling with Panetta the man apparently attempted to ram his truck into a group of US Marines at the Camp Bastion airfield in southern Helmand province on Wednesday.

Scaparrotti said he doubted the Afghan man -- a contractor who worked as a translator -- had any idea Panetta was arriving at Camp Bastion. Panetta and his delegation were unharmed.

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