At least 19 people died in a tunnel fire in a tanker truck in Afghanistan


At least 19 people were killed and 32 others injured when a fuel tanker caught fire in a tunnel north of the Afghan capital Kabul, a local official said on Sunday.

The Salang Tunnel – located between the provinces of Parwan and Baghlan – is around 2.67 kilometers long and was built in the 1960s. It is an important link between the north and the south of the country.

A spokesman for Parwan province, Hekmatullah Shameem, said the fuel tanker caught fire in the Salang Tunnel on Saturday night.

Rescue teams are working at the scene of the incident and there are concerns the death toll could increase, he added.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

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