Afghan Blast Injuries Six Kazakhs
[Quqnoos] Eight Kazakh and Afghan drivers were killed and injured Monday in a tanker blast in northern Balkh province. An Afghan driver died and seven others including six Kazakhs were wounded as a tanker caught fire in the border town of Hairtan in northern Afghanistan, according to a statement of the Afghan Interior Ministry.

"The incident occurred when the drivers were busy in downloading oil tanker during which an Afghan driver was killed and seven others, including an Afghan and six Kazakh national, sustained injures," the press release added.

Two oil tankers were damaged in the incident, the statement further said. The statement termed the incident took place due to the reckless handling the oil tankers, adding the fire was quenched by fire fighters and thus more damage has been avoided.

Hairatan town on the Afghan-Uzbek border has been heavily using for business purposes and a major part of Afghan oil has been transiting through this border to Afghanistan.
Posted by: Fred 2009-06-24