NATO oil tankers destroyed by militants in Pakistan

Last Updated: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 10:36

Islamabad: At least four NATO supply oil tankers were completely destroyed by militants on Sunday near Torkham in northwest of Pakistan.

Militants attacked NATO tankers supply caravan with rockets turning four of them into ashes in Khyber Agency tribal area near Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Xinhua said, citing local media reports. No casualties were reported in the attack.

Attacks on NATO supply truck have been accelerated this year where almost a hundred of trucks and oil tankers carrying supplies to 140,000 US-led NATO troops fighting insurgency in Afghanistan were frequently attacked and destroyed in southern Balochistan and troubled northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

In June, 60 NATO supply trucks were burnt to ashes and eight local drivers were killed in an attack near Islamabad. In April four policemen were killed as 12 NATO trucks were burnt in eastern Punjab province.

Some 70 percent of NATO supplies and 40 percent of its fuel are being shipped through trucks into the landlocked Afghanistan from the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi.

IANS



First Published: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 10:36

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