Militants blow up NATO oil tanker in Pakistan: Police
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,"
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