March 15th, 2012
03:18 PM ET

New details on Camp Bastion attack

From CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence:

Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby says Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's plane had just landed Wednesday at Camp Bastion airfield in Afghanistan when an Afghan man wearing a desert utility uniform drove a stolen vehicle onto the runway in what was believed to be a targeted attack. Kirby told Pentagon reporters that the suspect "drove it at a high rate of speed at individuals who had to get out of the way to avoid being hit."

There was communication between those on the ground and officials onboard Panetta's plane, and the plane was diverted to another area of the runway.

Kirby said the British vehicle had stolen about 30 minutes before the attack. "We have reason to believe he intended harm. How, exactly, we don't know. But he stole the vehicle with intent to harm." Kirby confirmed that there was "a flash of smoke in the cab," and Defense officials said yesterday the Afghan man was seen running from the vehicle as it was burning.

Kirby also said that gasoline cylinders were found in the cab of the truck, but no explosives.

Despite the specific timing of the attack, Kirby said "We have no indication he knew who was on the plane, that there was a VIP arriving."

A U.S. military official said the interpreter who allegedly stole the vehicle, died Thursday from his injuries.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Panetta • Secretary of Defense
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    Stop fighting Israeli wars my good comrades.

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