Militants attack Nato container trucks, oil tankers in Pak
Militants armed with rocket launchers and automatic weapons have attacked Nato container trucks and oil tankers in Quetta city of southwest Pakistan, destroying over 40 vehicles.world Updated: Dec 10, 2011 02:11 IST
Militants armed with rocket launchers and automatic weapons have attacked Nato container trucks and oil tankers in Quetta city of southwest Pakistan, destroying over 40 vehicles.
The armed men yesterday targeted a terminal at Kharotabad, on the outskirts of Quetta, where dozens of trucks and tankers were parked.
At least 44 vehicles were engulfed by the flames, officials were quoted as saying by TV news channels.
They fired several rockets that triggered a massive blaze within the terminal last evening, witnesses said. Television footages showed tongues of flame leaping into the night sky.
Several tankers exploded, the witnesses said. Security forces surrounded the area and prevented people from approaching the terminal.
Pakistan closed all routes used to transport supplies to US and allied forces in Afghanistan after a cross-border Nato air strike on November 26 killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Since then, hundreds of container trucks and oil tankers have been parked at terminals in cities like Quetta and Peshawar.
First Published: Dec 10, 2011 02:10 IST