In a border town in western Afghanistan, hundreds of gas tankers fell victim to an inferno of flames. Around noon, a tanker truck exploded near the border with Iran for an unexplained cause and triggered a chain reaction, as a border guard of the German press agency said on Saturday.
About 400 tankers were destroyed in the flames, said the official Mehrullah Balotsch in the city of Islam Qala. “We have not received any air support from any side, but twelve fire engines and crews are helping us from Iran.”
The number of possible victims was also initially unknown because rescue workers stayed a safe distance from the fire.
Number of victims still unclear – power failure in Herat
The cause of the accident was initially unknown, but the police suspected a leak in a tanker truck.
The fire continued to rage after dark. Herat’s governor Wahid Qatali, who got a picture of the situation on site, assumed that the fire was going to be long: “We’ll do our best to put out the fire,” he told the German press agency. “We were worried about looting, but we prevented that. And we managed to move a few hundred cars away.”
Flames rise from gas tankers in Herat province. In a border town in western Afghanistan, hundreds of trucks fell victim to an inferno of flames. (Source: dpa)
Qatali spoke of enormous damage to both the private sector and the public infrastructure.
A trade route runs between Afghanistan and Iran in the border town of Islam Qala. For security reasons, the electricity connection to Iran was cut and consequently left the provincial capital Herat in the dark, as Afghan authorities announced.