Friday Aug 23, 201310:25 AM GMT
Four US-led fuel tankers torched in Afghanistan
Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:55AM
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Taliban militants have attacked a convoy of fuel tankers belonging to the US-led foreign forces in Afghinstan, Press TV reports.


Afghan officials said the militants set fire to four tankers carrying fuel for the foreign forces in Wardak province on Friday.

The convoy was being escorted by a private security company when it came under attack.

No casualties have been reported so far.

On August 16, Taliban militants launched a similar attack on a convoy of US-led tankers in the western province of Farah.

Afghan officials said four tankers were destroyed in the assault, but Taliban claimed to have targeted ten tankers and killed eight guards of the convoy.

On July 25, a Taliban spokesman said heavily armed militants assaulted a convoy of 15 NATO fuel tankers in Farah. Five Afghan guards providing security to the convoy were killed in the incident.

In July, the militants destroyed seven trucks carrying supplies to the foreign troops in the southern province of Kandahar.

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.

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 remains in the country, despite the presence of foreign troops.

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