Driver of NATO oil tanker killed in Pakistan

Last Updated: Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 22:50

Islamabad: Unidentified armed men attacked
and killed the driver of a tanker carrying oil for NATO forces
in Afghanistan on Saturday, police in Pakistan`s southwest said.

The tanker came under attack in Mastung district of
Balochistan province. The driver died at the scene, witnesses
said.

The tanker, coming from Karachi to Quetta, the
provincial capital, was also burnt. The attackers managed to
escape.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The law enforcement personnel rushed to the site and
launched a search operation in the area.

In Pakistan`s northwest, Taliban militants are usually
blamed for such attacks, but in the southwest such attacks are
rare.

Officials say that nearly 70 per cent of the goods are
transported for around 160,000 NATO forces through Pakistan.

The US has already struck a deal with Russia for an
alternate supply route because of the threats the NATO supply
trucks are facing in Pakistan.

American media reported this week that the US also
fears blockade of supplies to NATO forces and that is why it
is going for alternate routes.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 22:50

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