NATO oil tanker attacked in Pakistan, driver slain

ISLAMABAD - Suspected Taliban militants attacked a NATO oil tanker near the Pakistan-Afghan border Thursday, killing the driver, officials said.

The incident took place in Khyber Agency, one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal areas in Pakistan, about six kilometers (3.5 miles) from Peshawar, the capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province, which borders Afghanistan.

“Militants intercepted the oil tanker that was on its way to Afghanistan via Torkhum border, in the limits of Jamrud town, and unleashed gunfire on that," a security official told The Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity. "As a result, the driver was killed on the spot.”

The attackers fled before security forces reached the scene, the official said.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. However, security forces pointed the finger at Taliban militants who have been attacking NATO convoys across Pakistan for last decade.

NATO convoys have been under attack by militants in and around Khyber Agency for last seven years, and many containers and oil tankers have been burned and looted. Over a dozen of crewmembers have been killed.

NATO transports 70 to 80 per cent of its supplies via northeastern Torkhum, and southwestern Chaman borders into war-stricken Afghanistan.

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