Two killed, 5 wounded in fuel tanker explosion in Kabul

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At least two people were killed, and five others were wounded when a fuel tanker exploded on Tuesday in PD 18 of Kabul, security officials said.

The gas tanker exploded at a residence in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of the city.

“The blast was due to a fuel tanker which exploded during fueling. It destroyed three residences. The rescuing teams immediately put out the fire,” said Inayatullah Subhani, an emergency services official.

The residents said that they have suffered financial loss in the incident.

“We have rescued our neighbors who were stuck in their homes,” said Rasul Yousufi, a resident of Kabul.

The residents have been brought to a hospital.

“There was a big blast and it shook the houses. It was a gas tanker,” said Mohammad Rasul Noorzai, a community leader in Dasht-e-Barchi. However, he did not give any details about the type of explosion or the number of casualties.

The explosion happened during a prayer ceremony for Mujahid’s mother, who had passed away a few days ago, which was ongoing at the mosque.

The Ministry of Interior confirmed that five people were casualties–either killed or wounded–in the explosion.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eyewitnesses said the explosion happened when a number of people entered the mosque to attend the memorial ceremony.

 

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