Terrorists torch 27 NATO tankers

Published: October 1, 2010
Trucks and tankers carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan burn following an attack by gunmen in Shikarpur district of southern Sindh. PHOTO: AFP

Trucks and tankers carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan burn following an attack by gunmen in Shikarpur district of southern Sindh. PHOTO: AFP


At least 27 containers carrying Diesel and GPAT to Afghanistan caught fire when unidentified armed men fired rockets on them, near Sapna petrol pump at Sukkur-Shikarpur road late Thursday night. 10 suspects have been arrested by the police.

The 30 oil tankers, containing 40 to 60 thousand litres per tanker, reached Shikarpur on Thursday evening and halted at Hassan Baloch Sapna Hotel near Sapna Petrol Pump for the seal checking of the containers. The tankers were stationed near the petrol pump while the drivers had tea at a nearby hotel.  In the mean time, some unidentified armed men in a double cabin pickup and a motorcar from Sukkur, fired rockets and shot at the containers with an automatic weapon. A container blew up with a huge explosion causing other containers to catch fire.

Eye witnesses said that flames were so high that they were visible from areas far away. The DPO Shikarpur Abdul Hameed Khoso, along with a heavy contingent of police, rushed to the scene as soon as possible but the attackers had escaped by then. Fire brigades from Shikarpur and other cities were called to control the fire, which raged on for almost 16 hours. However, no casualty was reported except minor burns to two or three drivers.

DIG Deen Muhammad Baloch and DPO Shikarpur Abdul Hameed Khoso were unavailable for comment but DCO Shikarpur Dr Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo said that “due to the untiring efforts taken by the firemen, three containers had been saved while 27 had burnt down completely.”

Some parts of the Sapna Petrol Pump, mosque and Hassan Baloch Sapna Hotel had been damaged along with two private trucks standing near the petrol pump.

Meanwhile in Quetta, a driver and a cleaner  were killed aboard a Nato trailer when unidentified assailants opened fire on the trailer and set it ablaze in Khuzdar district on Friday. According to sources, the trailer carrying goods for Nato forces stationed in Afghanistan was heading towards Kandahar from Karachi when unknown assailants opened fire on it.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2010.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • ADE
    Oct 1, 2010 - 11:05AM

    Good…..if our rulers are still not going to learn, I support the destruction of each and every NATO oil tanker. Hats off to these ‘militants’ / men with some sort of left-over dignity (I prefer the latter)Recommend

  • romm
    Oct 1, 2010 - 11:14AM

    we need to root out extremists.Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Oct 1, 2010 - 11:57AM

    Excellent work! All forms of NATO supplies must be blocked/torched – food, fuel, ammo, etc. Choke them!! Let them suffer the consequences of taking our sovereignty for granted. Recommend

  • kamaal khan
    Oct 1, 2010 - 12:01PM

    its good but American will stop giving aids..Recommend

  • Ed
    Oct 1, 2010 - 12:15PM

    We need to root out extremist… Yes.
    But we also need to root out insincere and spinless wimps from our rulers.
    The PAF Chief had categorically said that Pakistan possess the technology to ward off drones. Hence the continued strikes have a tacit approval from politicians? Further, people growing up in the 80’s would recall that numerous times PAF fighters used to respond to aeriel incursion from soviet migs. We don’t see that in the recent incidents. Tacit approval again? hmmmm…
    …perhaps the verbal rhetoric is just an eye-wash for the public.Recommend

  • Shahzad Afzal
    Oct 1, 2010 - 1:09PM

    America and NATO A brief reply for you from people of pakistanRecommend

  • Oct 1, 2010 - 1:31PM

    Ever action has a reaction .. equal in magnitude but opposite in direction,,,, Thanks you Newton.Recommend

  • Hira Mir
    Oct 1, 2010 - 1:31PM

    Militants come striking us back as a reminder that the military intervention has only made them weak and not vanished them completely.Recommend

  • Mansoor Khalid
    Oct 1, 2010 - 1:41PM

    I believe such activities do not do any good to the key alliance of Pak and USA in this war on terror. Both allies have come a long way now and it is the responsibility of each to watch each other’s back where the enemy is a ghost warrior.Recommend

  • ADE
    Oct 1, 2010 - 2:13PM

    @Mr.Mansoor Khalid….what kind of alliance are you talking about lol….it’s all topi drama. There’s no such thing as alliance in this. It’s give-and-take (in Pakistan’s case, take-and-take).Recommend

  • Farukh Sarwar
    Oct 1, 2010 - 4:18PM

    It is alarming that such attacks are happening in areas which are not previously under the influence of terrorists.Recommend

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