50 NATO trucks set ablaze in Pakistan

December 8th, 2008 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Dec 8 (DPA) Pakistani insurgents Monday torched more than 50 trucks carrying supplies for US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, police said.The pre-dawn attack took place on the periphery of Peshawar city, where hundreds of militants Sunday raided two parking bays for NATO-bound lorries and set ablaze around 150 vehicles and cargo containers, some loaded with armoured Humvees for the US military.

In Monday’s attack, an unknown number of attackers forced their way into a truck terminal and set rows of flatbed trailers on fire, gutting the supplies loaded on them, Peshawar police officer Anwar Zeb said.

Zeb said there were no reports of any casualties in the incident, the third of its kind in the area in a week.

Attacks on trucks hauling cargo for the western forces have recently seen a surge in Peshawar, where the vehicles are parked at night before moving on to the Khyber Pass to cross into landlocked Afghanistan.

The mountain pass in the militant-infested tribal region is part of a major supply line for the international troops, who receive three-fourths of their food, fuel and military supplies through Pakistan.

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