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Accidental oil tanker fire kills 19 in Afghanistan

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An accident in the landmark Salang alpine tunnel that connects Afghanistan’s capital to its north killed at least 19 people and injured dozens, according to reports.

Thirty-two people were injured in the accident in Salang Tunnel, located about 90 km (56 miles) north of Kabul, according to Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, deputy spokesperson for the Taliban-run administration.

Hamidullah Misbah, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works, adding the toll was expected to rise said: “An oil tanker overturned and caught fire in the Salang tunnel, which then set several other vehicles on fire.”

Misbah said that it was hard to identify which of the casualties were male and female.

Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, deputy spokesperson for the Taliban-run administration, said: “The Islamic Emirate expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and … it also calls on all relevant agencies to make more and serious efforts to prevent the recurrence of such terrible incidents.”

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