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NATO vehicles torched in Pak

Suspected Taliban militants in Pakistan destroyed nine parked NATO force vehicles after attacking a terminal, officials said on Friday.

world Updated: Apr 04, 2009 00:00 IST

Suspected Taliban militants in Pakistan destroyed nine parked NATO force vehicles after attacking a terminal, officials said on Friday.

Rebels targeted the Port World Logistic terminal on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar with petrol bombs and rockets, the latest in a series of strikes against supplies for foreign forces across the border.

“There were no casualties in the attack early Friday, but the fire destroyed nine NATO vehicles, including firefighting vans and four-by-four jeeps,” sais local police official Fazal Wahid Khan. He said militants traded fire with police until the attack was repulsed and rebels fled into the darkness.

The bulk of supplies and equipment required by NATO and US-led forces battling a Taliban in Afghanistan are shipped through Pakistan. The fabled Khyber pass is the principal land route. US officials say northwest Pakistan has degenerated into a safe haven for Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants who fled the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

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