NATO oil tankers set ablaze in Pakistan

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Quetta (Pakistan), Dec 9: A rocket attack triggered by unidentified militants destroyed at least 42 NATO oil tankers on Thursday (Dec 8) night in southwest Pakistan supplying troops in neighbouring Afghanistan. Sources said that 44 oil tankers and goods trucks were parked in the temporary terminal in Quetta after Pakistan shut down supply lines for NATO forces in anger at a deadly cross-border air strike which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

According to police, gunmen fired bullets and a rocket at the two NATO oil tankers which soon caught fire and oil started leaking and spread the fire to other vehicles.

Meanwhile, no groups have so far claimed the responsibility for the attack. The Taliban had in the past said that they would carry out similar attacks to disrupt supplies for the more than 130,000 US-led international troops fighting in Afghanistan. Sources said that there were no casualties in the attack.

After Nov 26 attack, Pakistan sealed its Afghan border to NATO supply convoys. Pakistan has also boycotted the Bonn conference on the future of Afghanistan and ordered US to vacate an airbase before Dec 11.

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