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Afghanistan fuel tanker blast kills 12, injures dozens more

People had arrived to steal fuel leaking from the tanker before a magnetised bomb blew it up

Afghanistan fuel tanker blast kills 12, injures dozens more
At least 10 people were killed and two dozen wounded when a fuel truck in Northern Afghanistan erupted in flames earlier this week. (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan fuel tanker blast kills 12, injures dozens more
Officials said a magnet bomb stuck on the side of the civilian-operated tanker, in what is a suspected terrorist attack. (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan fuel tanker blast kills 12, injures dozens more
The truck was bound for Bagram air base, some 50kms north of Kabul. Since it was not far from its target destination when it exploded, officials believe the terrorists wanted the truck to explode at the air base. Bagram is the largest base for American forces in Afghanistan. (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan fuel tanker blast kills 12, injures dozens more
The first bomb was not all the victims had to contend with. A second explosion caused the tanker to burst into flames, shortly after about 60-70 people arrived to steal fuel leaking from the tanker. (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan fuel tanker blast kills 12, injures dozens more
Speaking about the incident, Parwan provincial spokeswoman Roshna Khalid said: "When people gathered around it to collect the pooling fuel, a bigger explosion took place." (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan fuel tanker blast kills 12, injures dozens more
Nearby cars and motorbikes were also set on fire during the explosion. Health officials said the death toll from the incident could increase given that most of the injured are in a critical condition.(AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan fuel tanker blast kills 12, injures dozens more
Afghan men buried the victims shortly after the incident. (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan fuel tanker blast kills 12, injures dozens more
The victims' families showed their emotion as a funeral ceremony was held for those who died. (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan fuel tanker blast kills 12, injures dozens more
Noone has yet claimed to be responsible for the bombing, but experts suspect it could have been the Taliban, who have reportedly used similar tactics in the past to try to attack the Bagram air base.(AFP/Getty Images)