Pakistani militants set ablaze dozens of trucks carrying equipment and supplies destined for Afghan-based Western forces in the city of Peshawar on Sunday.
REUTERS - Hordes of Pakistani militants set on fire 96 trucks carrying Humvees and military vehicles for Western forces in
"It happened at around 2.30 a.m.. They fired rockets, hurled hand grenades and then set ablaze 96 trucks," senior police officer, Azeem Khan, told Reuters.
Most supplies, including fuel, for U.S. and NATO forces in landlocked Afghanistan are trucked through Pakistan, much of it the fabled Khyber Pass that runs through the mountains between Peshawar, capital of North-West Frontier Province and the border town of Torkham.
Khan said one private security guard was killed in an exchange of fire between police and militants.
"They were shouting Allah-o-Akbar (God is Great) and Down With America. They broke into the terminals after snatching guns from us," said Mohammad Rafiullah, security guard of a terminal.
Last month, the government closed the main supply route to Western forces in
There have been worrying signs this year that Islamist militancy has spread to the area from more distant tribal regions where the Taliban and al Qaeda have taken root.
"Certainly, a plan of operation is in place as we have crafted a strategy in which we will have to go after them," he said.
The other main land route to
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