Exploding Gas Tanker Ignites Huge Hearth on Afghanistan-Iran Border

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A gasoline tanker exploded Saturday afternoon at a crowded border submit in western Afghanistan, setting off an infinite hearth that unfold to greater than 100 different tankers as intense flames slowed the response of firefighters and rescue autos, Afghan officers reported.

The officers stated they’d not decided what precipitated the primary tanker to blow up on the Islam-Qala customs submit on the border with Iran shortly after midday. They expressed alarm Saturday night that the hearth was quickly spreading on the congested customs complicated and will engulf a whole lot extra tankers lined up on the border.

Officers in Herat stated they may not affirm Afghan and Iranian media stories that as much as 500 tankers had already burned and that the blaze had unfold to the Iranian customs submit on the opposite facet of the border.

No less than 17 individuals had been injured, with the variety of casualties anticipated to rise the provincial public well being spokesman.

Ahmad Tariq Saleh stated his firm had misplaced 21 tankers to the hearth.

The electrical energy provide from neighboring Iran was disconnected as a precaution, leaving town of Herat with out energy as evening fell, stated Jailani Farhad, a spokesman for Herat’s governor. The province’s capital, town of Herat, is about 75 miles east of the border crossing, positioned on a serious industrial transit route between Afghanistan and Iran.

“All of our forces and our firefighting division try to manage the hearth,” Mr. Farhad stated.

Iran was sending firefighters to help Herat’s hearth division, Iranian information media reported late Saturday.

David Zucchino reported from Kabul and Asad Timory from Herat.

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