Wednesday Feb 06, 201304:49 PM GMT
Taliban torch three NATO fuel tankers in Afghanistan
Firefighters extinguish burning NATO supply oil tankers and goods trucks at a terminal following a bomb attack in Afghanistan (file photo).
Firefighters extinguish burning NATO supply oil tankers and goods trucks at a terminal following a bomb attack in Afghanistan (file photo).
Wed Feb 6, 2013 4:48PM
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Taliban militants have torched three NATO fuel tankers in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat carrying supplies to the US-led forces stationed in the country, Press TV reports.


According to local authorities, heavily armed militants set alight the convoy of fuel tankers in the city of Robat Sangi on Tuesday. One driver was killed and three other drivers were wounded in the attack.

The militant group has claimed responsibility for the deadly 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 invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of fighting terrorism. The invasion removed the Taliban from power, but the country remains insecure despite the presence of tens of thousands of US-led forces there.

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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