NATO convoy set fire in Pakistan

More than 50 trucks carrying supplies for Western invasion in Afghanistan have been set fire in Pakistan.

NATO convoy set fire in Pakistan

More than 50 trucks carrying supplies for Western invasion in Afghanistan have been set fire in Pakistan, killing at least seven people in the first such attack near the capital, police said on Wednesday.

The U.S. military sends 75 percent of its military supplies for the Afghan invasion through or over Pakistan, including 40 percent of the fuel for its troops.

The last attack on a convoy was in April when fighters torched 12 lorries and killed four policemen in Punjab province.

Suspected Taliban fighters stormed a checkpoint in the northwest.

At least 10 fighters arrived on motorbikes and small pickup trucks at a depot near Tarnol village.

"Seven people were killed and more than 50 trucks were set on fire," police official Ghulam Mustafa said. Six people were wounded.

The clash took place in the village of Karonchi in Orakzai district, part of a semi-autonomous tribal belt where the military has been waging an anti-Taliban offensive since late March.

Independent confirmation of the casualty figures was not possible however because the area is a closed military zone inaccessible to aid workers and journalists.


Agencies

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