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NATO tanker torched in NW Pakistan
Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:21:30 GMT
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Pakistani militants have attacked a NATO supply vehicle transporting fuel destined for US-led forces in Afghanistan and set it on fire in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

A group of unidentified armed men opened fire on a tanker in Sur Kamar area of Jamrud Tehsil on Thursday.

They later torched the vehicle. No one, however, was killed in the incident, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Police cordoned off the area after the incident and launched a search operation to arrest the assailants. They arrested a man suspected of perpetrating the terrorist attack.

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militants regularly attack NATO convoys in Pakistan.

The US military and NATO rely heavily on the Pakistani supply route into the landlocked Afghanistan, more so now that Taliban attacks are on the rise.

Supplies arrive by sea in Karachi, where security analysts believe most of the Afghan Taliban leadership is now hiding. From there, they must travel in long, exposed convoys, through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northwest Pakistan.

Militants in the rugged tribal area have staged violent attacks in recent months, torching hundreds of NATO vehicles and containers destined for foreign troops in Afghanistan.

In response, the Pakistani authorities have deployed large contingents of police and military forces on all major arteries in the area to curb the attacks.

Other routes, largely through Russia and the Central Asian states, have proved too costly, both politically and economically.

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