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Militants blow up NATO oil tanker in Pakistan: Police

Last Updated: Monday, March 1, 2010 - 13:07

Peshawar: Suspected Taliban militants
armed with guns and rockets on Monday blew up a tanker carrying
fuel through Pakistan for NATO troops based in neighbouring
Afghanistan, police said.

Several armed men lobbed a rocket and then opened fire
on the supply convoy on the outskirts of Pakistan`s
north-western city Peshawar, senior police officer Imtiaz Ahmed
"The attack triggered a huge fire and destroyed one
tanker. Its driver escaped unhurt but his helper was wounded,"
he said.

In a subsequent exchange of fire lasting up to an
hour, Pakistani security forces killed a militant, another
police officer Karim Khan said.

Police did not immediately identify the assailants,
but the Taliban and members of local militant group
Lashkar-e-Islam regularly attack NATO supply vehicles on the
main route through northwest Pakistan.
Lashkar-e-Islam is active in the lawless region of
Khyber, which is just outside Peshawar and part of Pakistan`s
tribal belt snaking along the Afghan border that Washington
has branded the headquarters of Al-Qaeda leaders.

About 80 per cent of supplies destined for the
121,000 US and NATO troops in landlocked Afghanistan pass
through Pakistan.


First Published: Monday, March 1, 2010 - 13:07
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