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Afghan crashes vehicle on runway during Panetta visit

US officials say Afghan civilian’s motive unclear

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - An Afghan civilian stole a military pickup truck, rammed through a fence, and crashed into a ditch by a runway around the time that a plane carrying Defense Secretary Leon Panetta landed at an airfield in southern Afghanistan Wednesday, US officials said.

Panetta was unharmed and carried on with his visit as planned.

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