Convoy Attack Militant Gunman Tankers Destined For NATO In Afghanistan

>> Friday, October 1, 2010

Daily Telegraph - Suspected militants, their faces covered, opened fire with small arms of the drivers to deter, then a fire to vehicles parked in Shikarpur was just before dawn, said Abdul Hameed Khoso, the district police chief.
"About 20 attackers, armed with rockets and assault rifles attacked the trucks. They burned 27 trucks parked there," he said.

About 80 percent of the demand for international forces go through Pakistan.

Although attacks by militants and looters are not uncommon, the latest incident comes at a time of heightened tensions between Islamabad and the NATO commanders in Afghanistan.

Three Pakistani soldiers were killed and three others wounded Thursday in two cross-border attacks by the forces NATO helicopters hunting militants in Pakistan's Kurram region northwest.

NATO's International Security Assistance and initially denied that determines later acknowledged that its forces entered Pakistani airspace it.

Hours later, Pakistani authorities arrested tankers carrying supplies for NATO forces through the Khyber tribal region, bordering Afghanistan.

Pakistan is a key ally of the United States in its efforts to stabilize Afghanistan, but analysts say border attacks and disruptions in supplies from NATO emphasized a relationship is still strained.

This week, the country's ambassador in Brussels ordered a formal protest against the NATO headquarters on three previous attacks should be allowed.

"ISAF / NATO was asked to not participate in any military action that violates the UN mandate and violates the sovereignty of Pakistan," said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"In the absence of immediate corrective action, Pakistan will be forced response options for consideration."
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