A massive fire on the Afghanistan-Iran border has killed 100 petrol and oil tankers

The fire on Saturday afternoon, 129 kilometers from the western city of Herat, has been largely extinguished. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of such a massive fire.

“We have been told that 100-200 machines have been destroyed, but that number could be higher. We need time to assess all the damage, “said Jailani Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Herat.

AFP / Scanpix photo / Giant fire on Afghanistan-Iran border

He said the fire affected about 20 people who are being treated at the hospital.

Videos featured on social media show huge columns of fire and thick black clouds filling the sky.

The finance ministry says, according to initial reports, one car initially caught fire, and later the fire spread and caused “huge financial losses”. A delegation has already been sent from the capital, Kabul, to investigate the circumstances of the fire.

Washington has allowed Afghanistan to import oil and gasoline from Iran, despite US sanctions on that country

Farhad also reported that shortly after the fire, Taliban fighters attacked a nearby security post.

There has been a recent rise in violence in Afghanistan, despite peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government that began in September, during which no breakthrough has been achieved so far.


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