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Eight tankers ferrying oil to NATO troops torched in Pakistan

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 19:50

Islamabad: In the second such attack in just
over a week, unidentified men Tuesday set on fire eight tankers
ferrying vital oil supplies to US-led NATO forces in
Afghanistan in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta.

The armed men opened fire at the oil tankers and set them
ablaze in Akhtarabad area of Quetta, the capital of
Balochistan province, TV news channels reported. There were
reports of casualties in the attack.

Convoys ferrying supplies to US and NATO forces from the
southern port city of Karachi travel to the Afghan border
though Balochistan. In the past, NATO convoys have also been
attacked in the northwestern city of Peshawar and the
adjoining tribal belt.

Earlier on August 31, militants triggered a powerful
blast at the Chaman border crossing in Balochistan, destroying
nearly two dozen oil tankers and containers ferrying supplies
to NATO forces.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 19:50
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