Gunmen torch NATO tankers, kill driver in Kalat

By AFP
Published: September 13, 2013
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File photo of a policeman standing next to burning Nato supply oil tankers following an attack by gunmen. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

File photo of a policeman standing next to burning Nato supply oil tankers following an attack by gunmen. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

QUETTA: Gunmen attacked a convoy of NATO oil tankers in Kalat overnight, killing a driver and torching eight vehicles, local officials said Friday.

The attackers fired rockets and bullets at the convoy of 15 oil tankers traveling from Karachi to landlocked Afghanistan.

“The gunmen attacked the convoy at a rest stop in Soorab town of Kalat district. They fired rockets and bullets on the convoy from both sides of the road,” police official Yousaf Reiki said.

“One driver of a tanker died in the attack while eight 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.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Pishouri
    Sep 13, 2013 - 3:34PM

    This is fair game – if NS and IK don’t stop nato convoys, what choice do fighters have.

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  • Uza Syed
    Sep 13, 2013 - 4:03PM

    A few tankers and those of NATO, no big deal, the perpetrators are “our own people”! we’d talk to them unconditionally when they decide we are worth talking to. It’s MQM we all are united against and resolved to destroy at whatever cost including alienating a very significant part and population of our country. MQM must be taken care off, no matter what happens to Pakistan and its people.

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  • Baba Ji
    Sep 13, 2013 - 4:42PM

    What is the policeman NOW guarding in the file photo ?

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  • Baba Ji
    Sep 13, 2013 - 4:42PM

    What is the policeman NOW guarding in the file photo ?Recommend

  • Sep 13, 2013 - 5:25PM

    Our common enemies have made it clear that they do not wish to see any alliance between our nations. These acts of terror prove that they are trying their best to discourage us from working together. Our shared will and desire to restore peace in the region has helped us overcome many obstacles and challenges in the last decade. We will not let these acts of terror deter us from achieving our shared objectives in the region. We’ve come a long way in regards to our partnership and realize the importance of staying unified against our common enemies. Those who think that they can break our common desire to succeed are simply mistaken.

    Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of the driver who died in this attack. We hope that his friends and family will find the strength to deal with this tragedy. We look forward to working closely with the government of Pakistan, and negate the threat of terrorism through shared cooperation.

    Ali Khan
    DET, United States Central Command

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  • Imtiaz
    Sep 13, 2013 - 6:22PM

    @US CENTCOM, Sorry brother… but we want peace in Pakistan… and that peace will come for the benefit of Pakistani people. First priority is peace in Pakistan then we ll think about Afghanistan or whatever!

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  • Fiz
    Sep 13, 2013 - 9:23PM

    @Baba Ji:
    the fire

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  • Raj - USA
    Sep 13, 2013 - 9:32PM

    @US CENTCOM:

    Seriously, do you really think that we have common enemies, shared objective, shared cooperation, etc., even after their joint session of the Parliament / Assembly praised Osama Bin Ladin and offered funeral prayers and even when we see that their government is willing to enter multilateral treaties just to get Afia Siddiqi released from US prison? As far as I am concerned, it hurts my feelings and I feel very bitter about it.

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  • Anonymous
    Sep 13, 2013 - 11:12PM

    @ Raj: We want Afia back for the same reason you want Dr. Shakeel Afridi

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  • Alann
    Sep 14, 2013 - 1:34AM

    That photo looks like straight taken out of a movie with amazing special effects.
    The more Pakistani rulers “ignore” these acts by militants, the worse it is going to get for Pakistan itself, after US is done withdrawing all its troops from Afghanistan.

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  • csmann
    Sep 14, 2013 - 6:01AM

    Off course,drones should not be coming after them.And shortly 5000 more of them are going to be released.

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  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Sep 15, 2013 - 5:24PM

    NATO is just as unpopular in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as in the rest of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Government support for an unpopular Afghan war is the main reason for most of the violence.

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