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2 drivers killed, 6 others injured in Uruzgan

2 drivers killed, 6 others injured in Uruzgan

Mar 17, 2011 - 13:40

TIRINKOT (PANinfo-icon): Two truck drivers were killed, six wounded and four others were missing when a dozen fuel tankers burst into flames in the central province of Uruzgan, officials said on Thursday.

The fire happened on Wednesday about 5pm near the base of the Australian provincial reconstructioninfo-icon team.

Drivers said the fire started when a gas cylinder blew up, but the governor's spokesman, Milad Ahmad Mudassir, said they a fuel tanker struck a roadside bomb, which was what caused the explosion.

A dozen tankers were burnt, two drivers were killed and six others were injured in the incident, Mudassir told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Firefighters took three hours to get the blaze under control, he said.

Two dead bodies and six injured people were taken to hospital, the director of the public healthinfo-icon department, Khan Agha Miakhel, said. One of the injured was in critical condition, he said.

The fire was an accident and there was no involvement of militants, a spokesperson of Australian force, Margaret Nicholas, said. She said as well as the casualties, four drivers were missing.

Talibaninfo-icon spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, claimed they had killed 12 drivers and burnt 16 fuel tankers.



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