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15 dead; 13 fuel tankers burnt in Khyber

15 dead; 13 fuel tankers burnt in Khyber

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May 21, 2011 - 13:28

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Fifteen people, including five children, were killed and several others injured as a result of a series of explosions in Pakistaninfo-icon's northwestern tribal region of Khyber near the Afghanistaninfo-icon 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 NATOinfo-icon-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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