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Taliban insurgents set NATO oil trucks afire in Afghanistan

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Taliban insurgents are claiming responsibility for setting ablaze more than 400 NATO oil tanker trucks on a road west of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan on Saturday, according to Reuters.

Television and video footage showed hundreds of oil and fuel tanker trucks ablaze with thick, black smoke darkening the enormous parking area. The Taliban, in claiming responsibility, said the trucks were carrying fuel intended for U.S.-led NATO forces.

It is unknown exactly how or when the fires were started, but a number of Afghan media outlets are reporting insurgents fired rockets into the mass of trucks late Friday night, starting the fires. There have been no reports of any casualties.

The attack on the fuel depot comes as Afghanistan plans to announce on Monday the preliminary results of the final rounds of the presidential election. Right now, there is still a bitter verbal fight going on as the two candidates hoping to defeat President Hamid Karzai throw accusations of mass fraud at each other.

The Taliban has vowed to disrupt the election process, and on Thursday, Kabul's international airport was attacked by insurgents firing rockets, destroying a helicopter. According to police spokesman, Hashmat Stanikzai, the rockets were fired from an unknown location, striking the military side of the airport.

It appeared to be a continuance of the type of attack that occurred in June of last year when insurgents attacked the airport with the intention of targeting Americans who used some parts of the airport for military and civilian uses.



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