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Afghan airfield attacked shortly before landing of US Defense Secretary

Washington, Thu, 15 Mar 2012 ANI

Washington, Mar.15 (ANI): An airfield in Afghanistan was reportedly attacked shortly before U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was due to land.


According to Fox News, Panetta was traveling in a C-17 aircraft that was to land at Camp Bastion, and quoted a military official as saying that the attacker was an Afghan interpreter who was carrying gasoline and a lighter with him in the pickup truck.


It further said that the attacker managed to steal the gasoline and the lighter from a British service member.


A coalition service member was injured during the incident, possibly run over by the truck.


The Afghan interpreter managed to drive the stolen car over the very ramp where Panetta was set to arrive. The secretary was soon diverted to another ramp.


After crashing the pickup truck into a ditch, the driver got out and had apparently lit himself on fire, according to this source.


The statement also said the driver is now in custody, and an investigation is under way. (ANI)


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