“A tanker truck that unloaded the oil it was carrying from Iraq in the special zone located in ‘no-man’s land’ on the border between Iraq and Jordan caught fire due to an explosion, causing a fire that affected 19 other trucks,” a Jordanian security official told AFP.
Police report that two people were killed, between nine and twelve injured, and one person was still missing after the blaze was put out.
Investigators have ruled out any criminal motive behind the incident.
One year ago, Jordan broke up a network of people planning attacks using oil tankers and operations targeting an Iraqi police training centre in Jordan.
Jordan, which consumes around 100,000 barrels per day of oil, imports around 10,000 bpd from Iraq and, as we recently reported, it hopes to see this rise to 30,000 bpd.
(Sources: AFP, BBC)