Trucks carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan move under heavy security

November 18th, 2008 - 2:34 pm ICT by ANI  


Peshawar, Nov 18 (ANI): Following several incidents over the past few days, whereby the Pakistan Taliban had hijacked trucks carrying supplies to NATO and American forces in Afghanistan, 52 truckloads carrying military equipment and food supplies passed through the Khyber Pass under strict security arrangements, yesterday.

According to the Daily Times, about 100 Frontier Corps (FC) and Khasadar (tribal police) troops escorted Afghanistan-bound container trucks and oil tankers crossing the troubled Jamrud sub-division of Khyber Agency.

The 52 vehicles in two convoys carried the equipment and food supplies for the NATO and American troops battling the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The first convoy left Jamrud for Torkham at 10am followed by the second convoy at 12pm The two convoys were safely handed over to the political authorities of Landikotal sub-division at the Prang Sam checkpost, the paper quoted political official Bakhtiar Khan as saying.

Henceforth, security forces will accompany two convoys of 25 vehicles each from Jamrud to Torkham every day initially, political administration officials said, and added that the number of convoys may be increased to three depending on the security situation. (ANI)

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