12 arrested over NATO tanker attacks in Balochistan

Frontier Corps carry out a series of raids in Hub, 700 kilometres southeast of Quetta.

Afp September 19, 2013
"We arrested a gang of 12 people who have been involved in destroying NATO containers," said Corps spokesman Abdul Wassey. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

QUETTA: Pakistani security officials said on Thursday they had arrested 12 members of a gang involved in torching and destroying shipments for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) troops in Afghanistan.

The paramilitary Frontier Corps carried out a series of raids in the town of Hub, 700 kilometres (400 miles) southeast of Quetta which is the capital of the troubled southwestern province of Balochistan.

"We arrested a gang of 12 people who have been involved in destroying NATO containers," said Corps spokesman Abdul Wassey.

He said the suspects also confessed to torching the NATO vehicles and killing or wounding their drivers.

"Cars used by these gangsters in the crimes were also recovered," he added.

The group was being interrogated for information about similar gangs operating in different areas of Balochistan, the spokesman said.

The arrests come days after nine NATO tankers carrying fuel were destroyed in the Hub area on their way to the Chaman border crossing to Afghanistan.

Overland oil shipments to NATO troops in landlocked Afghanistan resumed through Pakistan less than two weeks ago under tighter security after a five-month suspension due to attacks.

Pakistani contractors had stopped driving oil supplies from Karachi to the Torkham border crossing in the country's northwest due to frequent attacks on their vehicles.

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.


g | 9 years ago | Reply

i hope the interrogation goes well

US CENTCOM | 9 years ago | Reply

We congratulate the Pakistani security officials on arresting these terrorists. We share a common stance against terrorism, and those who are working against our peace objectives, must be dealt with aggressively. We’ve given these terrorists the option to lay down their weapons and give precedence to the rule of the law. Otherwise, we will continue to target those who are focused on infiltrating the region with their terrorist activities. We’ve come too far and made too many sacrifices to let these terrorists succeed with their criminal objectives. Our governments are working closely in regards to our shared objectives in the region. We are committed to restoring peace in the region, and hope to remain united against our common enemies in the region.

Ali Khan DET, United States Central Command

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