Accident in Afghanistan’s Salang Tunnel kills no less than 12

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An accident within the landmark Salang alpine tunnel that connects Afghanistan’s capital to its north killed no less than 12 individuals and injured dozens, authorities stated on Sunday.

Thirty-seven individuals have been injured within the accident in Salang Tunnel, positioned about 90 km (56 miles) north of Kabul, based on Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, deputy spokesperson for the Taliban-run administration.

“The Islamic Emirate expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and … it also calls on all relevant agencies to make more and serious efforts to prevent the recurrence of such terrible incidents,” Ahmadi stated.

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Local broadcaster Tolo, citing the Ministry of Public Works, stated a gasoline truck had overturned and caught hearth within the tunnel on Saturday evening. The blaze had been extinguished on Sunday however the tunnel was closed to visitors and casualties may rise, based on the Ministry spokesperson.

The 2.6 km (1.6 mile) lengthy Soviet-built tunnel is a historic engineering feat that hyperlinks Kabul and Afghanistan’s north, connecting the Indian subcontinent to Central Asia via a treacherous mountain cross at 3,400 metres (11,000 toes).