The Salang Tunnel, which is round 80 miles north of Kabul, was initially constructed within the Nineteen Sixties to help the Soviet invasion. It’s a key hyperlink between the nation’s north and south.
Based on Stated Himatullah Shamim, a spokesman for Parwan province, Saturday night time’s tunnel explosion killed at the very least 19 folks, together with girls and kids.
He stated survivors stay trapped underneath rubble and that the variety of casualties might rise.
It was not instantly clear what brought about the incident, which occurred at round 8.30 pm.
Parwan’s well being division has acquired 14 useless and 24 injured thus far, in keeping with native official Dr. Abdullah Afghan.
There are 5 girls and two kids among the many useless, he stated, and the remainder are males who’re severely burnt and can’t be recognised.
Molvi Hamidullah Misbah, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works, stated earlier on Sunday that the hearth was extinguished and that groups had been nonetheless working to clear the tunnel. (AP)