Pakistani militants torch NATO supply trucks

Other News Materials 13 December 2008 14:11 (UTC +04:00)

Pro-Taliban militants in north-west Pakistan torched around a dozen trucks carrying supplies to US and NATO forces in Afghanistan Saturday, police said.

A group of masked gunmen targeted the Bilal terminal on the outskirts of Peshawar in the early hours and targeted two dozen parked trucks with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles, police officer Fida Ahmad said.

He said 11 lorries loaded with supplies were destroyed.

It was the latest in the series of attacks on trucks hauling cargo for Western troops in Peshawar, where the vehicles park at night before crossing the Khyber Pass into landlocked Afghanistan, reported dpa .

The mountain pass in the militant-infested tribal region is a major supply route for the international troops, who receive three-fourths of their food, fuel and military supplies through Pakistan.

Last Sunday, the insurgents attacked two terminals and torched more than 170 NATO supply trucks. Abut 70 armoured personnel vehicles were among the destroyed cargo.