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Afghan man who crashed truck near Panetta plane dies from burns

•, By Greg Jaffe
 KABUL — The Afghan man involved in the Wednesday attack that occurred during Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s visit to Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan died from burns, said Lt. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the number two American commander in Afghanistan.
The Afghan, an interpreter at the base, tried to run over a group of U.S. Marines who had assembled on the runway ramp to meet the secretary’s plane. He was driving a stolen pickup truck. He then crashed the vehicle and appeared to set himself on fire, Scaparrotti said.

The attack occurred around the time Panetta’s plane landed. There were no explosives involved, but the Afghan may have been trying to set the car on fire with fuel that he was carrying with him.

The Afghan passed away while being treated for his wounds. “His burns were extensive,” Scaparrotti said.

“We don’t know his intent... or what motivated him,” Scaparrotti said.

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