Pak gunmen kill police, torch Nato vehicles

Gunmen armed with kalashnikovs and rockets on Sunday killed four police officials and set fire to six Nato vehicles on the main road heading north-west from the Pakistani capital, police said.

Last Updated: May 02, 2011, 10:30 AM IST

Islamabad: Gunmen armed with kalashnikovs and rockets on Sunday killed four police officials and set fire to six Nato vehicles on the main road heading north-west from the Pakistani capital, police said.

The attack happened near a roadside restaurant at Pindi Gheb, near Attock about 60km from Islamabad.

`The gunmen first opened fire on the tankers and after fleeing they attacked a nearby police post in which three police constables and one sub inspector were killed,` local police official Sajid Mehmood told reporters.

`Six other police officials were wounded,` he added. The gunmen also fired rockets and the police post was gutted in the attack with the fire brigade trying to put out the blaze that had engulfed the six Nato vehicles, which included oil tankers and supply trucks, he said.

Nato trucks and tankers are targets of frequent attacks in Pakistan blamed on Taleban and other militants attempting to disrupt supplies bound for more than 130,000 US-led international troops fighting in Afghanistan.

Most supplies and equipment required by the soldiers in Afghanistan are shipped through Pakistan, although US troops increasingly use alternative routes through Central Asia. -- AFP

PTI