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Officials say seven civilians were burnt to death in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Friday when a fuel tanker supplying a NATO base caught fire.

Provincial police officials said the tanker overturned and caught fire. A passing car was also set ablaze.

Kandahar police chief Abdul Razzaq said three other civilians were seriously wounded in the incident in Panjwai district.

The Taliban claimed they fired a rocket at the fuel tanker, causing it to explode, but police said there was no insurgent activity in the area at the time of the incident.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP