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Oil tankers hit in Pakistan, 12 killed

10-04-2010 09:15 BJT

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Pakistani police say suspected militants have attacked and set fire to 28 oil tankers, transporting fuel to coalition troops in Afghanistan. Monday's attack happened near the capital Islamabad, and was the third since Friday.

Local media reported, that at least 12 people were killed, with more casualties feared. The trucks were en route, or waiting to travel to the Tork-ham border crossing along the fabled Khyber Pass.It's used to bring fuel, military vehicles, spare parts and other non-lethal supplies to foreign troops in Afghanistan. The latest attack, is likely to delay, the reopening of the supply route, closed by Pakistan, in protest of a NATO helicopter, that killed three Pakistani troops on the border last week.

A Pakistani fire fighter tries to extinguish the burning NATO oil tanker following
an attack in Rawalpindi near Islamabad, Pakistan, Oct. 4, 2010. (Xinhua/Zeeshan Niazi)

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