4 NATO oil tankers destroyed by Taliban in Pakistan

09:33, August 30, 2010      

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At least four NATO supply oil tankers were completely destroyed Sunday in an attack near Torkham, Pakistan-Afghanistan border area in northwest of Pakistan, local media reported.

Militants attacked NATO tankers supply caravan in with rockets turning the four tankers into ashes in Khyber Agency tribal area of Pakistan, local sources told DAWN. However, no casualties were reported.

Major incidents include an attack in June when 60 NATO supply trucks were burnt to ashes and eight local drivers were killed and several injured in an attack near capital city Islamabad. While in April four policemen were killed as 12 NATO trucks were burnt in eastern Punjab province.

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

However, the U.S Embassy in a clarifying statement on Friday denied news reports that the continuing devastating floods in Pakistan have disrupted supply to NATO forces in Afghanistan through Pakistan.

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. Shipment of arms and ammunition to NATO troops fighting Taliban in Afghanistan through land routes had also been resented in Pakistan.

Source: Xinhua


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