Gunmen torch nine NATO tankers, kill driver
14 September, 2013
QUETTA: Gunmen attacked a convoy of NATO oil tankers in Balochistan overnight, killing a driver and torching nine vehicles, local officials said on Friday.
The attackers fired rockets and bullets at the convoy of 15 oil tankers travelling from Karachi to landlocked Afghanistan. The attack happened around 300 kilometres from Quetta.
"The gunmen attacked the convoy at a rest stop in Sorab Town of Kallat District. They fired rockets and bullets on the convoy from both sides of the road," police official Yousaf Reiki said. "One Pakistani driver of a tanker died in the attack while nine tankers were burnt," he added.
Senior administration official Muhammad Akbar confirmed the attack. There was no claim of responsibility but the Taliban have in the past said they carry out such attacks to disrupt supplies for US-led NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan. The NATO combat mission is due to end next year.
Pakistan and the United States have signed a deal allowing NATO supply convoys to travel into Afghanistan until the end of 2015.