Supply trucks blown up in Pakistan

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  1. utubekhiladi

    utubekhiladi The Preacher Elite Member

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    More than 20 NATO supply trucks have been destroyed in an attack in southern Pakistan.

    Insurgents armed with rockets and automatic weapons opened fire on a transport terminal in the south western city of Quetta.

    Several oil tankers exploded before fire spread to other trucks parked nearby.

    Firefighters and ambulance crews were called to the scene.

    Paramilitary soldiers cordoned off the site as firefighters battled the massive blaze, with flames shooting high into the night sky and thick black smoke billowing from the burning trucks.

    Senior police official Malik Arshad said gunmen fired bullets and a rocket at the oil tankers.

    "Flames were rising from more than 20 vehicles. We do not know about any casualties yet because the blaze is still so huge," he said, adding that 10 vehicles were safely evacuated from the terminal.

    "First the fire started in two oil tankers and the fuel started leaking which spread the fire to other vehicles."

    The NATO supply trucks were queued at one of three temporary terminals in the region because of a blockade imposed by Pakistani officials.

    Border crossing points to Afghanistan were closed last month in protest against a NATO raid that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.


    Supply trucks blown up in Pakistan - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


    more info awaited... :scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1:
     
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    SpArK SORCERER Senior Member

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    Noob question.


    Are these trucks owned by pakistanis and rented by NaTO.

    Or did NATO buy them from Pakistan???


    So the automobile loss is Pakistan's and goods loss in of NATO?
     
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    42 parked Nato tankers, containers attacked in Quetta

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    QUETTA: At least 42 Nato oil tankers and containers were torched after armed men fired two rockets at them in the Kharotabad area of Quetta on Thursday.

    As many as 32 oil tankers and 10 containers, carrying fuel and military hardware for Nato forces in Afghanistan, were parked in a terminal on Airport Road when a group of armed men fired two rockets, followed by intense firing.

    Initially a few oil tankers caught fire that eventually engulfed nearby oil tankers and containers too.

    “At least 32 oil tankers and 10 containers carrying necessary supply for NATO forces were destroyed in the attack,” Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Mehbob Ehsan told The Express Tribune.

    Fire tenders rushed to the spot soon after the incident and tried to extinguish the fire. However the fire could not be brought under control till this report was filed.

    According to reports, the armed men managed to flee from the scene after carrying out the attack.

    No human losses have been reported yet. An official said no one was hurt in the attack; however the situation would be clear once the fire was brought under control.

    According to the owner of the terminal, Nadir Khan, a group of armed men appeared on motorcycles and fired two rockets at the oil tankers.

    “We have deployed private armed guards to provide security cover to the oil tankers and containers,” Khan told journalists.

    There were no security forces and police present when the attack took place.

    A heavy contingent of police and security forces had cordoned off the area after the incident and over a dozen fire tenders were engaged in extinguishing the fire.

    According to official sources, as many as 119 oil tankers and 111 containers carrying fuel and military hardware for Nato forces are parked in different terminals of Quetta for the past 13 days since Pakistan suspended the supply.

    There are hundreds of mud houses situated in Kharotabad where mostly Afghan refugees have taken shelter.

    No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban have in the past said they carried out similar attacks to disrupt supplies for the more than 130,000 US-led international troops fighting in Afghanistan.

    Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants frequently launch attacks on Nato supply vehicles in the northwest and southwest regions of Pakistan, which border landlocked Afghanistan.

    Most supplies and equipment required by foreign forces in Afghanistan are usually shipped through Pakistan, although US troops increasingly use alternative routes through Central Asia.

    Nato has launched an investigation into the raid last month in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed.

    The lethal November 26 air strike has brought the fragile Pakistani-US alliance to a fresh low.

    Pakistan sealed its Afghan border to Nato supply convoys, boycotted this week’s Bonn conference on the future of Afghanistan and ordered US personnel to vacate an air base reportedly used by CIA drones.

    Earlier Pakistan had shut its main northwestern border crossing to Nato supply vehicles for 11 days last year after a cross-border Nato helicopter assault killed two Pakistani soldiers.

    Scores of Nato supply vehicles were destroyed in gun and arson attacks while that crossing was shut, as Taliban militants stepped up efforts to disrupt the route in response to US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt.

    42 parked Nato tankers, containers attacked in Quetta – The Express Tribune
     
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    dream come true for many of the anti-us pakis
     
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    This was a disaster in waiting since the day the blockade was announced..

    Im sure they might have looted the trucks before setting it ablaze.
     
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    Pakistan army believes NATO attack planned: reports


    By Augustine Anthony ISLAMABAD | Thu Dec 8, 2011

    (Reuters) - A senior Pakistani military officer said a NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops on the border with Afghanistan last month was pre-planned, newspapers reported on Friday, in comments likely to fuel tensions with the United States.

    Major General Ashfaq Nadeem, director general of military operations, also said Pakistan, a strategic U.S. ally, would deploy an air defence system along the border to prevent such attacks, the newspapers said.

    The newspapers said he made the remarks to a Senate committee on defence on Thursday. Military officials were not immediately available to confirm he had made the comments.

    The Daily Times said Nadeem described the attack as a plot while another newspaper quoted him as saying it was a "pre-planned conspiracy" against Pakistan.

    "We can expect more attacks from our supposed allies," Nadeem was quoted as saying during his briefing, The Express Tribune reported.

    U.S. and Pakistani officials have offered differing initial accounts of what happened in the attack.

    Pakistan said it was unprovoked, with officials calling it an act of blatant aggression -- an accusation the United States has rejected.

    Two U.S. officials have told Reuters that preliminary information from the ongoing investigation indicated Pakistani officials at a border coordination centre had cleared the air strike, unaware they had troops in the area.

    Nadeem ruled out the possibility that NATO forces may have thought they were firing on militants, who often move across the porous frontier and attack Western troops.

    One newspaper reported that he told the Senate committee that militants do not leave themselves exposed on mountain tops, like the ones where the Pakistani border posts were located.

    The United States, which sees Pakistan as critical to its efforts to stabilise Afghanistan ahead of a combat troop pullout in 2014, has tried to sooth fury over the NATO incident.

    President Barack Obama has called Pakistan's president to offer condolences over the strike that provoked a crisis in relations between the two countries. He stopped short of a formal apology.

    Pakistan boycotted an international conference in Germany on the future of Afghanistan because of the NATO attack.

    U.S.-Pakistani ties were already frayed after the secret U.S. raid in May that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

    Pakistan army believes NATO attack planned: reports | Reuters
     

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