In an incident that shows just how fast the situation is deteriorating in Afghanistan, it appears that US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s aircraft was targeted by a suicide bomber. Some initial rumors even said that Panetta may have been killed in the attack, but that has proven to be inaccurate. According to Pentagon spokesman Naval Captain John Kirby, no one in Panetta’s party was injured in the blast.
The vehicle appears to have been a pickup truck driven at high speed onto the ramp where Panetta’s plane was suppose to stop. The vehicle exploded into flames, but does not appear to have had an actual explosive devise. The Afghani who was at the wheel is being treated for burns he suffered in the attack.