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US diplomat dodges car fire at Afghanistan base

By Ellen Branagh and Ben Kendall

A stolen vehicle was driven onto the runway of the main British base in Afghanistan then burst into flames as US Defence secretary Leon Panetta arrived there yesterday.

The incident at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province is believed to be linked to an earlier incident, which left a British serviceman with minor injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, a local man employed at the base, is being treated at Camp Bastion's hospital for his injuries.

A statement said that there was “a stolen vehicle incident today at Camp Bastion, which resulted in the injury of one coalition service member”.

It added: ”At no point was the Secretary or anyone on the aircraft in any danger from this incident.”

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