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Fuel tanker blast in Salang Tunnel kills 19 Afghans near Kabul

A fuel tanker has exploded in Salang Tunnel, north of the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing 19.

A fuel tanker has exploded in Salang Tunnel, north of the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing 19. Photo: AP

At least 19 people have been killed and 32 injured when a fuel tanker exploded in a tunnel north of the Afghan capital Kabul, a local official says.

The Salang Tunnel, which is about129 kilometres north of Kabul, was originally built in the 1960s to assist the Soviet invasion.

It is a key link between the country’s north and south.

A spokesman for Parwan province, Said Himatullah Shamim, said Saturday night’s tunnel explosion killed at least 19 people, including women and children.

He said survivors remain trapped under rubble and that the number of casualties could rise.

It was not immediately clear what caused the incident, which happened about 8.30pm.

Parwan’s health department has received 14 dead and 24 injured so far, according to local official Dr Abdullah Afghan.

There were five women and two children among the dead, he said, and the rest were men who were severely burnt and could not be recognised.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works, Molvi Hamidullah Misbah, said earlier on Sunday that the fire was extinguished and that teams were still working to clear the tunnel.

Topics: Afghanistan
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