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Afghanistan: Taliban bomb destroys 22 Nato fuel tankers

Posted by The Agonist on July 18th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

July 18

BBC – A bomb planted by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan has destroyed 22 Nato fuel tankers carrying supplies to coalition forces, local officials say.

The vehicles were hit by a pre-dawn explosion which triggered a huge fire that engulfed them in flames, they say.

At the time, the trucks were parked overnight in Samangan province, as they headed from Uzbekistan towards Nato forces in the south.

Police told the BBC that the fire caused by the bomb is still burning.

An intelligence official said the device was attached under one of the trucks, which were parked close together.

“Since it was early in the morning, there were not a lot of people around. Otherwise, it could have caused a lot more casualties,” the official told the BBC.

In a statement, the Taliban said they carried out the attack, which officials say is the first of its kind in northern Afghanistan.

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