20 oil tankers hauling fuel for NATO set ablaze; 1 dead
October 6th, 2010
11:24 AM ET

20 oil tankers hauling fuel for NATO set ablaze; 1 dead

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for another attack on oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO, a spokesman for the militant group told CNN by phone Wednesday.

Azam Tariq, the central spokesman for Pakistani Taliban, said a special squad designated to strike NATO supply efforts made the attack near Quetta, Pakistan.

Quetta police said 20 oil tankers parked near that city were set ablaze Wednesday, and one person died in the attack.

Shah Nawaz, a senior Quetta police official, said more than 12 gunmen in three vehicles opened fire on the tanker trucks. He said the person who died was killed in the shooting.

Fuel convoys are generally operated by contracting Pakistani logistics firms, using local trucks and drivers.

Nawaz said the gunmen also threw petrol bombs on the trucks. Of the 20 tankers that caught fire, nine were destroyed.

At least five other attacks have been carried out on vehicles carrying supplies for NATO forces in the past week, leaving at least six people dead.

The Pakistani Taliban has also claimed responsibility for two of the earlier attacks on convoys.

"The oil and the machinery is for logistic support to the NATO forces who killed our innocent sisters and brothers in Afghanistan, which we would never allow," Tariq said Wednesday.

Pakistan closed the main land route for NATO supplies crossing from Pakistan to Afghanistan - known as the Torkham border - after strikes across the border by a U.S. helicopter that Pakistani officials blame for the deaths of three Pakistani soldiers.

The NATO office in Kabul, Afghanistan, is expected to issue a statement Wednesday with results of an investigation into the cross-border incident.

A second supply route through Chaman - in the western province of Balochistan - is open, but the Pakistani Taliban is threatening violence on any route used for NATO purposes.

"Our special squad will make [the] supply line to NATO through Chaman border as impossible as we did in Torkham border," Tariq said Wednesday.

Nawaz, the police official, said authorities have also felt an impact.

"After closing of the Torkham border for NATO supplies, pressure on the Chaman border has become almost doubled, which is creating security problems for us," he said.

Tariq said this week that the earlier Pakistani Taliban attacks were carried out as revenge for drone strikes and NATO's attacks in Pakistan.

"U.S. and NATO forces are killing innocent Pakistanis, which is unacceptable, and we will teach them a lesson by such attacks," Tariq said.

Supply convoys are important for the Afghan war effort. Coalition forces rely heavily on convoys from Pakistan to bring in supplies and gear.

In Washington Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said that attacks on fuel convoys interrupt a tiny fraction of U.S. war supplies.

"There have been attacks historically on NATO convoys passing through Pakistan to Afghanistan. And they are sometimes sensational and they are sometimes horrific and they are sometimes deadly and that is tragic," Morrell said. "But if you put this in context and in perspective, we're talking about ... impacting about 1 percent of the supplies that we funnel through Pakistan into Afghanistan."

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. John Brooks ( US Marines)

    Pakistan contractors carry these supplys.These trucks are their only way of making a living. We killed two soldiers of Pakistan with our gunships . They held up vital supplies needed especially by the 6th. Marines in Kandahar offensive who are running low on ammunition and fuel as well as food. The Khyber pass has always been of strategic importance since world war II. The fact that Pakistan just let them set there as open targets says to us that Pakistan does not care where they stand. We give them tons of humanitarian aid and trade sanctions; we went to their rescue in the recent floods. So there it is we don’t need them as an ally anymore they chose what side of the fence to stand on. Cut off their aid and sanctions and see how long it will take for them to come back around. They harbor all factions of terrorists why should we not attack them at liberty. Brave men are dying because of their actions. The drones will take care of this problem. They never see them or hear them they just die. The hell with Pakistan period. I was in Afghanistan during 4 tours and now have sons there. Special Forces are all over the southern Pakistan killing them every day. The convoys will be moving again Monday and this lesson learned. Attack, Attack who cares.

    October 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. syal

    All pakis were celebrating when hurricane katrina struck.What gous round comes round*aka KARMA

    October 8, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Indian

    US bought loyalty of many War Lords in Af-Pak after 9/11 successively. Unfortunately not of Pakistan after paying " High Price ". And it was not shocking for Indians like me, after listening Mushraff's 1st speech after 9/11 to back stab Crusaders, quoting " Q'ORAN ". Recently, Mushraff admitted that Pakistan trained & supported Militants against India, which most of the Pak Politicians denied, till today. Seems, its too late for Pakistan to back up from Home Grown Terrorists & the Monster created is getting out of control.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pakistan

    Can Pakistan be accountable for anything?

    October 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Qari Ziauddin

      Go wash your a$$ and change your clothes pig

      October 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pakistan

    Can Pakistan look anymore backassward

    October 6, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      It wouldn't if it had a Communist government. What Pakistan so soarly needs is Communist leadership who wil expell all foreigners,not take bribes from the West and go to work on it's internal problems.

      October 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Larry

    If sitting ducks aren't turned into bait, knowing this predictability of attack, then who's running this war?

    October 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dindy Sri lanka

    Pakistan cant control Taliban .It is proved by these incidents.

    October 6, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      The paki's are making a fortune out of this, the contractors sell the fuel and the drivers set fire to the vehicles and claim on insurance.

      October 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jesse Cook

    How can this happen? This is horrendous and must stop!!!

    October 6, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      It sure is,Jesse. It makes me wanna cry!

      October 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herpi Harrison

      Think it is called fighting fire with fire . . . . Low cost low tech weapon

      October 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |