Assailants set 3 NATO tankers on fire in Dasht

The incident took place near the Caravan petrol pump situated at the Quetta-Sibi highway.


Express November 20, 2011

QUETTA: Three NATO oil containers were set on fire after unknown assailants opened fire at the vehicles in Dasht area near Quetta on Sunday.

The incident took place near the Caravan petrol pump situated at the Quetta-Sibi highway at a distance of around 17 kilometers from Quetta.

The attackers opened indiscriminate fire at the vehicles and managed to escape from the scene.

The oil containers caught fire and were reduced to ashes. No casualty was reported due to this incident.

Local authorities have registered a case and further investigations are underway.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban has in the past said it carried out similar attacks to disrupt supplies to the more than 130,000 US-led international troops fighting in Afghanistan.

Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants frequently launch attacks on NATO supply vehicles in the northwest and southwest regions of the country, which border landlocked Afghanistan.

Most supplies and equipment required by foreign forces in Afghanistan are shipped through Pakistan, although US troops increasingly use alternative routes through Central Asia.

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