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Roaring Tanker Fire Kills 7 in Afghan Capital

Roaring Tanker Fire Kills 7 in Afghan Capital

Sunday, 2 May, 2021 - 14:00
Residents and drivers watch burning oil tankers and trucks in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

A searing blaze that roared through dozens of gasoline tanker trucks on the northern edge of the Afghan capital of Kabul killed seven people and injured 14 others, the Interior Ministry said Sunday.

Investigators were combing through the tankers that lay in smoldering ruins and a gas station caught in the flames that lit up the area late Saturday, said ministry spokesman Tariq Arian.

There was no immediate indication of whether it was an accident or sabotage.

Arian said the fire began when a spark set a fuel tanker ablaze. Nearby tankers were quickly engulfed, sending giant flames and plumes of smoke into the night sky. The fire in the northern edge of the city engulfed several homes and a nearby gas station. Several structures were destroyed and electricity to some parts of Kabul was knocked out.

Truck drivers Sunday blocked the road leading to the area demanding the government provide compensation.

The injured were being treated mostly for burns in local hospitals.

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