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Tanker explodes near U.S. base in Afghanistan, killing 10

From Matiullah Mati, For CNN
updated 4:24 AM EDT, Wed October 26, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A government official says the tanker was filled with 18 tons of fuel
  • Similar explosive devices have been dismantled

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- At least 10 people died and 35 others were injured Wednesday when a tanker filled with tons of fuel and strapped with a mine exploded near a U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan, a government official said.

"The tanker driver wanted to detonate the explosive device inside Bagram Air Base, but before reaching his goal, the explosive device was detonated," said Roshan Khalid, spokeswoman for the governor of Parwan province.

"In a first small explosion, the tanker fuel poured in the street. When the local people gathered to collect the fuel, the second explosion happened."

The tanker was carrying 18 tons of fuel, according to Khalid.

"In the past, Afghan security forces were able to discover and dismantle explosive devices in three tankers which had planned to enter into Bagram Air Base and detonate their explosives there," she said.

The base is the nerve center of American military operations in Afghanistan and is frequently targeted by militants.

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