6 Jul 2014

Taliban destroys Kabul oil tankers

6:41 am on 6 July 2014

A plume of black smoke is rising above Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, after Taliban militants they have carried out a rocket attack on hundreds of oil tankers outside the city.

Firefighters spent all night tackling the blaze, which destroyed tankers reportedly used to transport fuel for Nato forces.

They were parked at the time of the attack.

Road tankers burn in an earlier Taliban attack.

Road tankers burn in an earlier Taliban attack. Photo: AFP

In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said it had targeted foreign forces' fuel tanker supplies, the BBC reports.

While attacks on Nato tankers have been commonplace in Pakistan in recent years, correspondents say they have been less frequent in Afghanistan.

On Wednesday a Taliban suicide bomber killed at least eight military officers in an attack on an air force bus in Kabul,

Afghans are still awaiting the results of a run-off vote held in mid-June to find a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

Afghanistan's election commission has delayed the release of preliminary results until next week amid allegations of "extraordinary" levels of fraud.

Nearly a million votes are being re-counted and both candidates - former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-finance minister Ashraf Ghani - have said fraud has taken place.