Friday Sep 30, 201103:53 PM GMT
NATO fuel tanker torched in Pakistan
Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:46PM
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Pakistani firefighters try to contain the fire, which started after the attack on a NATO oil tanker, near a market in the suburb of Peshawar, on July 16, 2011.
Militants in northwest Pakistan have torched at least one oil tanker ferrying fuel for US-led foreign troops in neighboring Afghanistan, Press TV reports.


Pakistani officials say that the tanker was set on fire late Thursday at the Torkham border in the tribal area of Khyber Agency, leaving one person injured.


Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities have closed the Chaman border crossing in southwest Balochistan Province after an explosion on Thursday killed a bomb disposal expert who was trying to defuse the device.

The crossing is used by trucks carrying NATO war supplies into Afghanistan.

Militants have destroyed hundreds of NATO vehicles in northwestern and southwestern Pakistan over the past years.

Pro-Taliban militants often claim responsibility for such attacks, saying that they are in retaliation for non-UN-sanctioned US airstrikes on Pakistan's tribal regions.

The attacks have prompted US officials to seek alternative routes for transferring supplies bound for foreign troops in Afghanistan.

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