Massive Fuel Tanker Blaze Kills Seven People in Kabul

Dozens of gasoline trunks caused a searing blaze on the northern part of the Afghan capital of Kabul late Saturday, killing at least seven people and injuring 14 others, Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said.

The ministry’s spokesman Tariq Arian announced on Sunday that authorities and investigators were inspecting and searching through dozens of fuel tankers and a petrol station that lay in smoldering ruins.

According to authorities, the gasoline tanker trunks that caused a searing blaze also resulted in several power outages to some parts of the Afghan capital.

Arian said that authorities were not able to determine any immediate indication whether the roaring tanker fire was only an accident or sabotage.

However, he said that investigators are still finding out how the blaze started and what caused it to happen. He also ruled out a “terrorist incident”.

Authorities said the fire happened on the same day that the United States and NATO officially started the final phase of removing their troopers and military forces from Afghanistan, putting an end to their nearly 20-year military engagement in the war-torn country.

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