Gunmen attack NATO trucks in Pakistan, 4 injured

17:08, January 28, 2010      

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Suspected militants in the Pakistani port city of Karachi attacked trucks carrying supplies to Western forces in Afghanistan early Thursday that injured four drivers, police said.

Attacks on NATO supplies trucks are rare in Karachi but militants frequently attack oil tankers and supplies trucks in northwest and southwest of Pakistan.

The United States relies on the route for an overwhelming proportion of its supplies for the war in Afghanistan.

Injured drivers told reporters that motorcyclist threw hand grenade on NATO supplies trucks and opened fire near the Northern Bypass locality in Karachi. The attack damaged trucks, police said.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack raised fear that the militants have expanded attacks on NATO supplies vehicles to Karachi, the country's commercial center.

A local mayor said that security of the NATO trucks is the responsibility of the security forces.

Up to 75 percent of the supplies for U.S-led Western forces in Afghanistan pass through Pakistan after being unloaded from ships at the port of Karachi.

In 2009, the U.S struck deal with Russia for alternate route to supply items to NATO forces.

The alliance and U.S. officials say losses along the supply routes in Pakistan are not affecting their operations in the country in any way, however.

Taliban militants in the northwestern border region are blamed for rising attacks in Pakistan and also in Afghanistan.

Pakistani troops are battling the insurgents in South Waziristan tribal region, bordering Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua
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