160 NATO Vehicles Torched By Militants in Pakistan
The 160 vehicles were torched by radicals make it into Afghanistan.
A security official stands among burnt military vehicles on the outskirts of Peshawar December 7, 2008. Hordes of Pakistani militants set on fire 96 trucks carrying Humvees and military vehicles for Western forces in Afghanistan in a raid in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday, police said. (REUTERS/Ali Imam)
They were screaming “Allah-o-Akbar” as they set the vehicles on fire.
Hordes of Pakistani militants set on fire 96 trucks carrying Humvees and military vehicles for Western forces in Afghanistan in a raid in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday, police said.
Security guards said they were overpowered by more than 200 militants who attacked two terminals on Peshawar’s ring road, where trucks carrying Humvees and other military vehicles were parked.
“It happened at around 2.30 a.m.. They fired rockets, hurled hand grenades and then set ablaze 96 trucks,” senior police officer, Azeem Khan, told Reuters.
Most supplies, including fuel, for U.S. and NATO forces in landlocked Afghanistan are trucked through Pakistan, much of it the fabled Khyber Pass that runs through the mountains between Peshawar, capital of North-West Frontier Province and the border town of Torkham.
Khan said one private security guard was killed in an exchange of fire between police and militants.
“They were shouting Allah-o-Akbar (God is Great) and Down With America. They broke into the terminals after snatching guns from us,” said Mohammad Rafiullah, security guard of a terminal.