Taliban militants killed a truck driver and his helper for supplying livestock to Afghanistan in Pakistan’s troubled north-western tribal belt Wednesday.
The attack took place in Baizai town of Mohmand tribal district where the military is engaged in anti-militant border operations. Officials say that the truck was returning from selling livestock in the east Afghan province of Nangarhar when it was attacked.
The militants signalled for the truck to stop before opening fire, said senior administration official Maqsood Hasan. “First they fired on the truck and killed both the driver and his helper. Then they destroyed the truck by setting it on fire,” he said. “Taliban militants carried out the attack.”
He said the Pakistani Taliban had previously imposed a tax on such trucks, but clashes over the penalty led to an outright ban.
Militants in the region have previously launched regular attacks on NATO supply trucks and oil tankers to disrupt supplies for international troops fighting in Afghanistan.