15 dead; 13 fuel tankers burnt in Khyber
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Fifteen people, including five children, were killed and several others injured as a result of a series of explosions in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Khyber near the Afghanistan border, officials said on Saturday.
The first blast took place at late on Friday night, burning at least 13 oil tankers in a terminal near the Torkham dry port, resident Gul Khan Shinwari told Pajhwok Afghan News. A second explosion followed at 2 am in Landikotal town.
As people gathered to control the ensuing fire, another explosion occurred, killing 15 and wounding many others, the resident said. The remote-controlled device was planted under a tanker carrying fuel for NATO-led soldiers in Afghanistan.
One school, several houses, a vehicle and a mobile phone tower were destroyed, said witness Shah Nawaz. More than 30 people suffered casualties, he added. Some of the victims were charred beyond recognition.
Twenty-five people, including 15 bodies, were brought to the Landikotal Hospital, Dr. Ashfaq Zalan said. Most of the injured were in critical condition. The victims, including 10 individuals of a family, were youngsters who had gathered to collect the oil leaking from the tanker.
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