16 dead in twin blasts by Pak militants on NATO truck

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Peshawar, May 21: There seems to be no stopping to the Pakistani militants outrage over the killing of terror lynchpin Osama bin Laden by US Navy SEALS as they have fructified yet another massive attack in the border near Afghanistan.

16 or more people have been left dead in two bomb attacks on a truck carrying fuel supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan. The attack took place near the Torkham border crossing in the Khyber region, the main route for moving supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

According to a senior local administration official quoted by Reuters, "The tanker was on fire because of a blast late in the night. There was another blast early in the morning in the same tanker and 16 people who gathered near it to collect oil were killed."

Abdullah Azzam Brigade, a terror outfit affiliated to the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed responsibility for both attacks on the trucks. Abu Musa'ab, a spokesman for the group, has been quoted by Reuters as saying, "It is our jihad against Americans. We want to stop supplies for NATO from our territory."

It was the fourth such attack after the killing of Osama bin Laden by US Navy SEALS in a mansion in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2.

It can be recollected that soon after the death of Osama bin Laden, Taliban had vowed revenge and in a call to Reuters from an undisclosed location said, "The diplomatic staff of all NATO countries are our targets...We will continue such attacks. Pakistan is our first target, and America is our second."

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