Taliban attack US trucks at parking lot

December 19, 2013 - 8:57:49 am

Afghan policemen extinguishing fire in Nato supply trucks after an attack by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani-Afghan border in Jalalabad Province yesterday.

JALALABAD: Taliban fighters wearing army uniforms attacked US military vehicles in a parking lot in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing at least one policeman and torching several trucks, an official said. 

The insurgents detonated a car explosive outside the entrance to the facility at Torkham gate, a key crossing into Pakistan for Nato supplies leaving Afghanistan as the US-led coalition withdraws.

“During the three-hour fight with security forces, one police was killed, five wounded. Several vehicles were torched,” Nangarhar provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said.

“All attackers, who had military uniforms on, were killed.”

The parking lot was run by a private company and used by the US military for vehicles waiting to exit Afghanistan, he said.

Nato shipments through Torkham are currently suspended after Pakistani activists opposed to United States drone raids forcibly searched trucks and threatened drivers.

A Taliban statement said their fighters had torched more than 30 United States military vehicles yesterday. 

Militants on both sides of the Afghan border frequently target Nato supply lines, forcing Nato to shift towards alternative routes via Central Asian countries.

The attack came a day after six United States troops were killed and one wounded in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan. 

Nato said there was no militant activity in the area of the crash, but the Taliban, who are waging a 12-year long insurgency to topple the US-backed Afghan government, said they had shot down the helicopter.

AFP

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