Dozens killed and wounded in an Afghan tanker blaze

October 26, 2011 09:44


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RABAT, Afghanistan - At least 10 Afghan civilians were killed and 35 wounded on a road near a major US base after a small bomb punctured a hole in the side of a fuel tanker that was later engulfed by a large blaze, eyewitnesses and officials said on Wednesday.  

The tanker started leaking after the initial small blast on Tuesday night and people from nearby Rabat village, including children, rushed to collect some of the oil. Shortly after, the whole tanker went up in flames, an eyewitness said.  
"I heard a small explosion and when I went outside, I saw a tanker was leaking fuel," said Ajmal, a 35 year-old farmer whose house is close to the explosion. "A few minutes later people came with buckets and jugs to collect fuel when suddenly everywhere was on fire," he said.   
Roshna Khalid, a spokeswoman for the provincial governor, said the bomb had been stuck to the side of the tanker with a magnet. There were 10 dead and 35 wounded in hospitals in Parwan province, north of Kabul, and in the capital, she said.

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