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Six NATO fuel tankers destroyed in Afghanistan
US-led NATO fuel tankers on fire in Afghanistan. (File photo)
US-led NATO fuel tankers on fire in Afghanistan. (File photo)
Wed Sep 5, 2012 1:30PM
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A convoy of at least six US-led NATO fuel tankers has been destroyed after coming under attack in eastern Afghanistan, Press TV reports.

According to Afghan officials, Taliban militants set the tankers on fire on the Kabul-Kandahar highway in Wardak Province on Wednesday.

Taliban militants say that at least 17 tankers were destroyed and nearly 20 drivers and guards killed in the incident.

Further details regarding casualties have not been released by NATO or Afghan officials.

On Tuesday, Taliban militants set fire to a convoy of NATO fuel tankers, claiming the lives of at least 10 people in the western Farah province. The militant group claimed that it killed tens of US-led forces.

Trucks carrying supplies from Pakistan to the US-led forces deployed in Afghanistan, come under frequent attacks in the country.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.

The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but, years into the invasion, insecurity continues to rise across the country, despite the presence there of thousands of foreign troops.

The US-led war in Afghanistan, which has caused record-high civilian and military casualties, has become the longest military conflict in the American history.

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