Fuel tanker crashes in Afghanistan, killing 7

Story highlights

  • A tanker was heading to a NATO base when it veered from a road and caught fire
  • The flames spread to a van carrying Afghans, killing seven of them
  • The crash was not the result of an attack, a police official said

A fuel tanker ran of the road and burst into flames in southern Afghanistan on Friday, killing seven people, according to a local police official.

The tanker was heading to a NATO base when it left the road and rolled over in the Panjwai district of Kandahar Province, said Sardar Muhammad, the chief of police in Panjwai.

A fire broke out in the vehicle and spread to a nearby van full of Afghan people. Seven of them were killed -- including two women, Muhammad said.

He said the crash was an accident and not the result of an attack.