Taliban militants set 10 US military vehicles ablaze in Afghanistan
Iran Press TV
Thu Apr 4, 2013 11:20AM GMT
Taliban militants claim to have torched about a dozen NATO supply trucks and oil tankers parked inside the US military’s Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan's northern province of Parwan, Press TV reports.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mojahed announced that the military vehicles went up in flames after militants set off a remote-controlled bomb at the base, located approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the capital Kabul.
He added that an oil tanker driver had been killed in the militant attack.
Local Afghan officials, however, brushed off Taliban’s allegations, saying that the American military vehicles were burnt as a result of a cooking gas cylinder blast.
Police commander of Bagram district, Colonel Zmary Naseri, said the incident took place late on Wednesday at the eastern gate of the Bagram Air Base.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.
The Afghan conflict has seen a surge in attacks on foreign troops in recent months. Around three hundred foreign soldiers were killed in the war-torn country last year alone.
The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.
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