Taliban claim attacks on NATO supply convoys

Published: October 4, 2010
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Pakistani firefighters try to extinguish burning Nato supplies oil tankers following the gunmen attack on the outside of Islamabad on October 4, 2010. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani firefighters try to extinguish burning Nato supplies oil tankers following the gunmen attack on the outside of Islamabad on October 4, 2010. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Taliban on Monday claimed responsibility for two attacks on Nato supply convoys in Pakistan and threatened to carry out more.

“We accept responsibility for the attacks on the Nato supply trucks and tankers,” Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Azam Tariq told AFP. “I am talking about attacks both in Sindh and in Islamabad,” he said in a telephone call from an undisclosed location.

“We will carry out more such attacks in future. We will not allow the use of Pakistani soil as a supply route for Nato troops based in Afghanistan.

“This is also to avenge drone attacks,” he added.

Gunmen reportedly opened fire on several oil tankers parked in the Defence Housing Authority Phase II in Pindi last night.

Acting SSP Mir Waiz says six of the nine attackers have been arrested, while  a search operation is underway for the arrest of others.

Islamabad Police have also recovered four motorbikes it believes were used in the attack.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rehman Malik ordered an inquiry into the event and asked the Islamabad IG to submit a report within 24 hours.

The attack came as Pakistani authorities continued their own blockade of a main land route for Nato supplies for a fifth consecutive day, in response to a Nato helicopter strike that Islamabad says killed three of its soldiers.

Television pictures showed flames towering from the trucks. The trucks were being filled just outside Islamabad en route to Afghanistan early in the morning when gunmen attacked the convoy with molotov cocktails.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rehman Malik ordered an inquiry into the event and asked the Islamabad IG to submit a report within 24 hours.

Updated from print edition (below)

11 oil tankers gutted; four killed in attack

At least 11 oil tankers carrying supplies for Nato forces stationed in Afghanistan were gutted and four people were killed when gunmen mounted a late night attack on a filling station in Islamabad.

More than 25 oil tankers stopped for refuelling near the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Phase-II and Jadah Town on the outskirts of the city when they were attacked by at least eight gunmen, police said. Nine tankers parked at the head of a long queue caught fire, added sources in Rescue 1122.

Rescuers and fire tenders from Rawalpindi and Islamabad rushed to the site to put out the fire. Rescuers said that they recovered four charred bodies from the burning oil tankers. Another six persons were rescued with burn injuries. They were ferried to hospital where two of them were said to be in critical condition. Most of the dead and injured were drivers and cleaners of the vehicles.

“It was a terrorist attack. The gunmen first opened fire and then set the oil tankers on fire,” police official Malik Umer Hayat told The Express Tribune. “More than five tankers were destroyed. Efforts are under way to douse the fire on another five to six oil tankers,” he added.

Hayat put the number of dead at four, with another five injured. Fire-fighters were trying to extinguish the fire that was still burning till the filing of this report. Some of the tankers were removed from the place to prevent the fire from spreading.

It was the second attack on Nato supply vehicles in three months in Islamabad. Earlier in June, a similar attack was launched by gunmen in Dhok Paracha near the Tarnol area where more than 100 tankers were gutted. The Islamabad police say security of Nato supply vehicles is not their responsibility.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Kazim Raza
    Oct 4, 2010 - 11:43AM

    Expecting a chopper being shot down in near future.
    Infact looks like its just around the cornerRecommend

  • Kazim Raza
    Oct 4, 2010 - 12:31PM

    TTP would definitely try to claim things here but this is clearly a “revenge” from the Pakistani Intelligence Services. The other possibility is their giving a go ahead to TTP here.Recommend

  • Salamat
    Oct 4, 2010 - 12:40PM

    It is very strange that the very next day after NATO copters attack Pak border security check post, Taliban attack NATO supply convoys. Something to read between the lines.Recommend

  • Yasir Qadeer
    Oct 4, 2010 - 5:01PM

    Destroying innocent lives and infrastructure has always been the symbol of Taliban’s. I don’t know if some people need more reasons to be convinced of the fact that we need to eliminate our land from this hostile creatures.Recommend

  • Kashif
    Oct 5, 2010 - 2:18PM

    Well Its better to Talk with the NATO Officials in the Language that THEY UNDERSTAND, this response from Pakistan Government and Army Should have come a long time back and IF we would have taken a Stong Stand and Position on the Dignity and Honour of our Country Borders, Common People and Soldiers, we could have saved hundreds of innocents lifes that we lost in these Drone attacks and Friendly Fire. As a Muslim we should remember that ALLAH the all mighty states in Quran very clearly that Jews and Christians CANNOT be your Friends, so dont TRUST them…!!!!.Recommend

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