Taliban insurgents set oil tankers ablaze in Afghanistan

KABUL Sat Jul 5, 2014 11:48am EDT

1 of 3. Smoke and flames rise from fuel trucks after an overnight attack by the Taliban on the outskirts of Kabul July 5, 2014.

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KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents set fire on Saturday to about 200 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for NATO forces in an attack just outside the Afghan capital Kabul, police said.

Television footage showed black smoke billowing above the site of the attack, with the charred wreckage of dozens of trucks scattered around a vast parking space.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the trucks carried fuel intended for U.S.-led NATO forces.

It was unclear how the fire was started. Some Afghan media reported that insurgents had fired rockets at the tankers late on Friday. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

"The number of tankers on fire is not yet clear, but based on preliminary reports from police around 200 tankers have been burnt," the interior ministry said in a statement.

The attack happened as Afghanistan prepares to announce preliminary results of the final round of a presidential election on Monday in a tense atmosphere. Each of the two candidates vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai accuses the other of mass fraud.

The Taliban have vowed to disrupt the election process. On Thursday, militants fired rockets into Kabul's international airport, destroying a helicopter.

(Reporting by Mirwais Harooni Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Ron Popeski)

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Comments (20)
stambo2001 wrote:
There’s going to be ‘boots on the ground’ sooner or later. The longer Obama waits the bigger the mess is going to be.

Jul 05, 2014 9:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doc62 wrote:
Afghanistan was a mess long ago. Russians wised up as their pipeline wasn’t worth the cost of war. Thank heavens Obama has kept us out and getting us out of all these Muslim cesspools. No more American soldiers dying. Let them kill each other. Goodbye Iraq, Afghan, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, etc.

Jul 05, 2014 9:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Neurochuck wrote:
Might just be another insurance scam.
The picture looks similar to that in Peshawar a few months ago, all the trucks parked wherever the drivers left them, in some sort of tail back queue. Set one on fire, and up they all go, with burning fuel running down the hill slope. So maybe mainly stupidity and slackness.
There are not many “rambo 2001″s left, a lot got shot or disabled by IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq, others found any other job when their time was up, others have PTSD and the family looks after them, others do drugs and alcohol and hang in the streets. The American Em pyre runs at a loss.

Jul 05, 2014 9:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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