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Militants Destroy Afghanistan-bound Military Vehicles

  • VOA News

Militants in Pakistan have destroyed more than 100 trucks carrying supplies for NATO and U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

Police say the assailants blasted their way into two transport terminals in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday using rockets, guns and hand grenades. At least one security guard was killed in an exchange of fire. Police say the gunmen set fire to trucks and containers carrying military vehicles, supplies and fuel destined for foreign troops in Afghanistan.

The manager at one terminal (Kifayatullah Khan) tells VOA nearly 300 armed men destroyed all 106 vehicles before fleeing the scene. The U.S. military says its losses in the overnight raid will have only a "minimal" impact on its operations against Afghan Taliban militants.

Similar attacks in recent weeks have raised concerns that Taliban militants are trying to disrupt the Western forces' vital supply line, which runs through the Khyber Pass.

Much of the food, fuel and other goods used by foreign troops in Afghanistan arrives from Pakistan via the famed but increasingly perilous passage. Last month, Pakistan temporarily closed the Khyber Pass supply route after gunmen hijacked 13 supply trucks. Pakistan re-opened the route the following day, using security forces as escorts for supply convoys.

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