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Afghan who crashed truck where Panetta landed dies

The Detroit Free Press  March 15, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan man who crashed a stolen truck at an airfield as U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s plane was landing there died Thursday of extensive burns, a top U.S. general in Afghanistan said.

U.S. Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparotti, the deputy commander of American forces in Afghanistan, told reporters traveling with Panetta in Kabul that the driver was an interpreter working for the foreign forces.

The man apparently had a container of fuel in the car, which ignited during the crash Wednesday at the British airfield in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.

“There was a puff of smoke and he came out engulfed in flames,” Scaparotti said. He said the truck was headed toward a group of U.S. Marines assembled at the ramp.

“My personal opinion, yes, he had an intent to do harm,” Scaparotti said.

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March 15, 2012 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Interpreters | , , ,

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