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6 dead as gunmen destroy 16 Nato tankers

6 dead as gunmen destroy 16 Nato tankers

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Feb 25, 2011 - 13:28

ISLAMABAD/QUETTA: Pakistani militants destroyed 18 tankers carrying fuel for Afghanistaninfo-icon-based international troops and shot dead six people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces, officials said on Friday.

Unidentified gunmen stormed a terminal on the Ring Road in Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, blowing up 15 fuel tankers, a senior police officer told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Five drivers and security guards were killed in the predawn attack, said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ijaz Khan. The assailants armed with rockets and rifles planted bombs on the tankers at the terminal, where dozens of trucks were parked.

Elsewhere in the country, one driver was killed and another wounded late on Thursday night when insurgents opened fire on ISAFinfo-icon oil tankers in Khuzdar and Dhaddar areas of southwestern Baluchistan province.

As a result of the overnight strike in Dhaddar, two vehicles were set on fire and completely gutted, local police official Mohammad Asif said. "Armed motorcyclists fired at the containers before torching them."  

Separately, one driver was killed and another wounded when militants fired on a Natoinfo-icon container in Wadh area of Khuzdar district. The casualties were shifted to a hospital in Quetta, the provincial capital, said police officer Abdur Rahim.

Most of supplies and equipment for ISAF and coalition troops in Afghanistan are transported overland through Peshawar and Quetta from the port city of Karachi. Angry at US drone strikes in the tribal belt, militants often target the vehicles to disrupt the key supply lines.

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