fuel trucks exploded near an airport where U.S. military personnel
are based in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, U.S. military and
local officials said today in a report from Agence France-Presse.
One driver was
wounded in the blast.
a bomb was planted on one of the trucks," Khalid Pashtun, the
spokesman for the Kandahar governor, told AFP by telephone.
The trucks had arrived from the Pakistani city of Karachi carrying
fuel to service U.S. military aircraft at the base, Pashtun said.
trucks is a growing concern.
In April, a terrorist
drove a truck carrying liquefied natural gas and ignited his cargo
in front of a synagogue in Tunisia, killing 21 tourists. In May and
August, terrorists attached remotely triggered bombs to Israeli fuel
concern that similar attacks could happen on U.S. soil.
Schumer (D-NY) recently said fuel-laden trucks carrying hazardous
materials were potential terrorist weapons the federal government
needed to more closely regulate.
has done an admirable job with securing our airports, and now I respectfully
urge that the TSA put the same effort into ensuring the safety of
our trucks," Schumer wrote in a letter to the Transportation
Security Administration. "As I am sure you are aware, the imminent
danger posed by unsecured trucks has been highlighted by three attacks
this year in which fuel-laden trucks were used."