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More than 500 trucks destroyed as massive blaze erupts on Afghanistan-Iran border

Christian Fernsby |
A fuel tanker exploded Saturday at the Islam Qala crossing in Afghanistan's western Herat province on the Iranian border.

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Topics: AFGHANISTAN    IRAN   

It injured at least seven people and causing a massive fire that consumed more than 500 trucks carrying natural gas and fuel, according to Afghan officials and Iranian state media.

Local people battled to control Saturday’s blaze in the border town of Islam Qala, which initial reports said had started after a gas tanker exploded.

Waheed Qatali, governor of the western province of Herat, said Iranian authorities and NATO-led personnel in Afghanistan had been asked for urgent assistance to contain the fire, which damaged electricity infrastructure, leaving much of Herat’s eponymous capital city without power.

Rescue workers and Afghan security forces moved hundreds of fuel and gas tankers from the area, while the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission was contacted with a request to provide aerial firefighting assistance, Qatali said.

Thick plumes of black smoke and flames rose high into the sky around the scene, television pictures showed.

“People were scared. They were fleeing the area. We also left the area and went home,” witness Din Mohammad was quoted as saying by TOLOnews.

“Everyone was terrified. They were escaping. Cars were stuck,” Khalil Ahmad, another witness, told the Afghan news outlet.


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