A searing blaze that roared by dozens of gas tankers on the northern fringe of the Afghan capital of Kabul killed seven individuals and injured 14 others, the Inside Ministry stated Sunday.
Investigators had been combing by the tankers that lay in smoldering ruins and a fuel station caught within the flames that lit up the world late Saturday, stated ministry spokesperson Tariq Arian.
There was no instant indication of whether or not it was an accident or sabotage. It got here on the identical day the U.S. and NATO formally started the ultimate part of a withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending an almost 20-year navy engagement.
All 2,500-3,500 American troopers and about 7,000 NATO allied forces will likely be out of Afghanistan on the newest by Sept. 11, the twentieth anniversary of the assaults in the USA that first introduced them into the nation.
Arian stated the fireplace started when a spark set a gas tanker ablaze. Close by tankers had been shortly engulfed, sending big flames and plumes of smoke into the night time sky. The hearth within the northern fringe of the town engulfed a number of houses and a close-by fuel station. A number of buildings had been destroyed and electrical energy to a lot of Kabul, which normally has solely sporadic energy, was knocked out.
Truck drivers Sunday blocked the highway resulting in the world demanding the federal government present compensation.
The injured had been being handled principally for burns in native hospitals.
The hearth got here quickly after residents of the bulk Muslim nation — marking the holy month of Ramadan when the trustworthy quick from dawn to sundown — had ended their day-long quick.
One driver, Haji Mir, stated the explosion was deafening as vans had been lined as much as enter the town. He estimated that as many as 100 vans could have burned.
“The primary explosion gave the impression of a mine explosion,” he stated. “There have been flames capturing from one truck after which a second truck exploded, and a 3rd.”
Fireplace lit up the sky
Dozens of tankers had been transferring slowly into the capital on the time of the blaze. They’d been ready till after 9 p.m. when gas tankers and different massive vans are allowed to enter Kabul.
Obaidullah, a resident within the space who goes by one identify, stated the fireballs had been huge. His household and neighbours bumped into their yards.
“Fireplace lit up the sky,” he stated. Drivers had been screaming for assist as flames leapt from car to car. “Drivers had been yelling that their co-drivers had been caught and had been burning.”
Firefighters arrived on the scene however their capability is proscribed and it took hours to carry the blaze below management. On Sunday morning, flames nonetheless flickered within the ruins.