Attack on NATO convoy in Pakistan injures three
Suspected Islamist militants on Thursday attacked a NATO convoy of three tractor-trailers loaded with trucks, leaving three people injured in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, police said, DPA reported.
The ambush took place before dawn on a main road in Karachi's SITE industrial neighbourhood shortly after the vehicles set off for the Afghan city of Kandahar, their cargo of trucks destined for Western troops deployed in Afghanistan.
"Two gunmen on a motorcycle first lobbed a hand grenade and later fired shots at the trailers," local police officer Shahid Chaudhry said. "Two drivers and one assistant suffered wounds; however, they were in stable condition."
Nearly 75 per cent of fuel and military supplies for the US and NATO forces fighting the Taliban insurgency in landlocked Afghanistan are ferried from Karachi's port.
Apart from the key overland route that crosses Pakistan's restive north-western region, some supplies are transported along a relatively safer highway in the country's south-west.