QUETTA: Gunmen in restive southwest Pakistan yesterday fired bullets at an oil tanker carrying fuel bound for Nato troops in Afghanistan, setting the vehicle and a car ablaze, police said.
The incident occurred around 200km southeast of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan. “Two gunmen riding a motorcycle intercepted a Nato oil tanker in Dera Murad Jamali city and fired bullets at it,” local police official Ali Gohar Lehri said. “The tanker and a car close to it caught flames,” he added.
“The driver and cleaner of the tanker and all passengers travelling in the car jumped out of their vehicles to save their lives.” The attackers escaped the crime scene. Another police official confirmed the shooting.
“The main highway between southern Sindh and southwestern Baluchistan province remained closed for around two hours because of the burning vehicles,” Noor Muhammad Breach, a senior police official in the area, said. “Hundreds of vehicles were stuck on the highway,” he added.
Pakistan has been a key transit route for the US-led mission in landlocked Afghanistan but the delivery of supplies over the past 13 years has been far from straightforward. Nato supply trucks, which carry everything from fuel to munitions and food, often come under attack on their journey between the Pakistani port city of Karachi and border crossing points. AFP