Taliban militants have torched at least 11 NATO fuel tankers in Western Afghanistan carrying supplies to the US-led forces stationed in the country, Press TV reports. A group of heavily armed militants set alight the convoy of fuel tankers in western Farah Province. The convoy was traveling from the southern province of Kandahar to Herat Province in the west. Two vehicles carrying guards and two passenger buses traveling on the same road were also destroyed. Eyewitnesses say two drivers lost their lives after being caught in the flames. Taliban put the number of fatalities at 15 -- all of them security guards. The militant group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. The militants also claim a number of weapons and munitions were also seized in the attack.
Taliban militants frequently attack trucks carrying supplies from Pakistan to the US-led forces deployed in Afghanistan. Pakistan is the cheapest way for the Western military alliance to dispatch supplies to the foreign forces in the landlocked country.Militants in neighboring Pakistan have also destroyed hundreds of oil tankers and containers carrying fuel and other supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan. 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. AZA/JR