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Explosion Hits Fuel Tankers In Afghanistan --> 14 October 2005 -- A suspected bomb today caused eight fuel tankers parked outside a U.S.-led coalition base in southern Afghanistan to explode.

Afghan General Mohammed Sarwar says the explosion was apparently caused by a bomb hidden in one of the tankers. He said two drivers were injured.

U.S. military spokeswoman Sergeant Marina Evans confirmed that fuel tankers had been hit by a blast and had caught fire, but said the tankers belonged to the Afghan Army and had been driving pass the base when one hit a land mine.

The blast comes amid a recent upsurge in violence that Afghan officials blame on remnants of the ousted Taliban.


For more news about events in Afghanistan, see RFE/RL's webpage News and Features on Afghanistan