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NATO supplies in Pak blocked for 3rd day

A blockade of the main land route for NATO supplies from Pakistan into Afghanistan continued on Saturday as queues of trucks and tankers formed at the border crossing, officials said.

world Updated: Oct 03, 2010 02:49 IST

A blockade of the main land route for NATO supplies from Pakistan into Afghanistan continued on Saturday as queues of trucks and tankers formed at the border crossing, officials said.

Pakistan halted the convoys on Thursday after officials blamed cross-border NATO helicopter fire for the deaths of three Pakistani soldiers.

"The situation is the same. The border is blocked for NATO supplies," an official at Torkham, the main border crossing in Pakistan's Khyber district, told AFP by telephone.

A senior security official in the northwestern city of Peshawar also confirmed that convoys were suspended for third day but said negotiations to solve the problem continued.

"Long queues of trucks and oil tankers are waiting along Torkham and in the adjacent areas for the reopening," the official at Torkham said.

NATO said aircraft had entered Pakistani airspace Thursday in self-defence and killed "several armed individuals" after the crews believed they had been fired at from the ground.