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Gasoline tanker tunnel blast kills not less than 19 in Afghanistan – The Washington Submit


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KABUL, Afghanistan — At the least 19 folks had been killed and 32 injured when a gas tanker exploded in a tunnel north of the Afghan capital Kabul, an area official stated Sunday.

The Salang Tunnel, which is round 80 miles north of Kabul, was initially constructed within the Nineteen Sixties to help the Soviet invasion. It’s a key hyperlink between the nation’s north and south.

A spokesman for Parwan province, Mentioned Himatullah Shamim, stated Saturday night time’s tunnel explosion killed not less than 19 folks, together with ladies and youngsters. He stated survivors stay trapped beneath rubble and that the variety of casualties might rise.

It was not instantly clear what induced the incident, which occurred at round 8.30 p.m.

Parwan’s well being division has acquired 14 lifeless and 24 injured to date, in response to native official Dr. Abdullah Afghan. There are 5 ladies and two kids among the many lifeless, he stated, and the remaining are males who’re severely burnt and can’t be acknowledged.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works, Molvi Hamidullah Misbah, stated earlier Sunday that the fireplace was extinguished and that groups had been nonetheless working to clear the tunnel.

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