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Attack on NATO convoy kills 3
Islamabad, Oct 4 (Agencies):
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Published on 4 Oct. 2010 11:09 PM IST
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Three people were killed in an attack on a convoy of NATO tankers carrying fuel for international troops in Afghanistan, according to media reports Monday.
Twenty-eight tankers burst into flames from the attack, the Pakistan broadcaster Geo TV reported on its website.
Unknown attackers opened fire on the tankers late Sunday at an industrial site in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. Another six people were injured in the attack, according to Geo, which cited rescue workers.
The attack follows the destruction by insurgents Friday of another convoy of 27 fuel-carrying tankers for the NATO troops, which receive much of their supplies overland via Pakistan.
The Pakistan government on Thursday shut down one of the most heavily-travelled supply routes for NATO convoys in retaliation for the increasing number of attacks by Afghanistan-based NATO units on targets in the border region with Pakistan that serve as a base for militant groups in Afghanistan.
In September, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) carried out at least 21 drone strikes on suspected Taliban strongholds in the mountains of Pakistan - the highest of any month, The New York Times reported last month. The next highest monthly total was 11 strikes, in January.
At least 123 alleged militants including some foreign fighters linked to Al Qaeda have been killed in the CIA-operated attacks.
The Pakistan Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on tankers carrying oil for Nato and US troops to Afghanistan.
The group vowed to continue raiding supply lines in Pakistan until they are shut down completely - Monday’s attack, which killed three people was the third such strike inside Pakistan in as many days.
Spokesman Azam Tariq said a new wing of the group had been created to strike the convoys and that the attacks “would continue until the supplies are completely stopped.”
The attack took place on a supply line that has been closed by Pakistani authorities in protest at a Nato helicopter attack that killed three Pakistan troops on the border last week.
It will raise the stakes in the closure, which has exacerbated tensions between Washington and Islamabad but has been welcomed by Islamist groups opposed to Pakistan’s support of the US-led war in Afghanistan.
The attackers opened fire on trucks that were parked at a poorly guarded terminal before setting them on fire, he and other officers said.

 
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