Posted 8 years ago on March 14, 2012, 7 p.m. EST by gmxusa
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Truck Bomb in Afghanistan Makes “Try” For Panetta’s Plane US Marines Ordered to Place Weapons on the Ground
Moments ago, a truck bomb exploded on a British airstrip in Helmand province in Afghanistan, believed to be an unsuccessful attempt to kill US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. The driver survived with serious burns and is under arrest.
One British soldier is seriously injured. From the UK Sun:
An individual inside the vehicle is receiving medical care for burns, sources say. The camp went into immediate lockdown and an investigation has been launched. An Afghani is believed to have made the deliberate attempt on Mr Panetta after he broke through defences and drove a vehicle towards his aircraft. He then went past the perimeter surrounded by armed security and large concrete block guards. Disaster was only averted when the truck caught fire and crashed into a ditch on the runway close to where Mr Panetta’s jet had landed or was set to land. First reports suggest there was no explosives device inside the vehicle. But it is thought the car was heading towards a welcoming committee for Mr Panetta. However it then burst into flames — possibly after being shot at — and the alleged perpetrator was arrested by security teams. An ISAF spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident today at Camp Bastion where a vehicle caught on fire. The driver of the vehicle is being medically treated.
“We are currently investigating to determine more facts of this incident. “At no point was anyone on the aircraft at danger from this incident.” The visit was unannounced and shrouded in secrecy until he safely touched down.