Taliban torch 16 NATO tankers in Pakistan
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Taliban militants in southwestern Pakistan set ablaze 16 vehicles carrying fuel supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said.
The convoy was attacked before dawn outside the town of Dera Murad Jamali, some 250 miles southeast of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province, local administration chief Abdul Fatah Khajjak said.
"The attackers, riding in a car, opened fire on oil tankers parked at a petrol pump waiting for daybreak to resume their journey to Afghanistan," Khajjak said.
Some 16 oil tankers caught fire, but two more parked a distance away were undamaged, he said. A driver's assistant was wounded by the gunfire.
Militants fled after the attack, Khajjak said. A security official confirmed the incident.
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq in a phone call to AFP claimed responsibility for the attack.
Sources: Agence France-Presse
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