Taliban insurgents set fire to about 200 tanker trucks supplying fuel for NATO forces in an attack just outside the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, according to police.
Television footage showed black smoke billowing above the site of the attack, with the charred wreckage of dozens of trucks scattered around a vast parking space.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the trucks carried fuel intended for U.S.-led NATO forces.
It was unclear how the fire was started. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
The Interior Ministry in a statement:
“The number of tankers on fire is not yet clear, but based on preliminary reports from police around 200 tankers have been burnt.”
The attack happened as Afghanistan prepares to announce preliminary results of the final round of a presidential election on Monday in a tense atmosphere. Each of the two candidates vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai accuses the other of mass fraud.
The Taliban have vowed to disrupt the election process. On Thursday, militants fired rockets into Kabul’s international airport, destroying a helicopter.