Nato tanker among four vehicles gutted in Landikotal blast
LANDIKOTAL: An oil-tanker taking fuel for the Nato forces in Afghanistan and three other vehicles, including a private car, were reduced to ashes when a time-bomb went off on an oil-tanker on the Landikotal Bypass Road, officials and local sources said on Thursday.
The sources said that unidentified people had planted a bomb in the oil-tanker (TLN-532), which went off at 11 am when the vehicle was on the Landikotal Bypass. “As the bomb exploded, the oil-tanker caught fire and in seconds engulfed two empty trailers (TLK-847) and (KAB-32996) and a private car (LKL-8454) on the road that were reduced to ashes,” an eyewitness Pervez Shinwari told The News.
He said as the blast occurred in the oil-tanker, the drivers and their helpers rushed out of their cabins and ran away from the vehicles. However, no casualty was reported in the incident, he added.
Meanwhile, fire-brigade vehicles and fire fighters rushed to the spot and extinguished the blaze but the highly inflammable fuel had already gutted the vehicles, the sources said. The Abdullah Azzam Brigade, a militant group linked to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the bomb attack.