Fuel truck fire in Kabul kills seven - officials

Gasoline tanker trucks burst into flames in Kabul overnight, killing at least seven people, injuring more than a dozen, and causing power cuts to parts of the Afghan capital, officials said on Sunday (May 2).

An eyewitness described fleeing after three back-to-back explosions caused huge fires to break out, and returning home the next morning to find their windows and doors shattered.

The cause of ignition was not immediately known but the fires come as the city remains on "high alert" with officials bracing for attacks from the insurgent Taliban over foreign troops' continued presence in the country.

The Taliban have said U.S. President Joe Biden's announcement last month that American troops would leave by Sept. 11 violates a 2020 agreement under the Trump administration that offered a May 1 withdrawal deadline.

Two security sources had earlier told Reuters they believed the fuel fire was caused by a Taliban rocket fired in the area.

However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has said they were not involved.

A separate shooting incident on Saturday in Kandahar prompted the commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan to warn that attacks on foreign troops would be a mistake, and that they would defend themselves and Afghan forces if needed.