The same day that Pakistan closed down NATO’s supply lines to Afghanistan moving through Khyber in the north, “militants” attacked in the city of Shikarpur and savaged a convoy carrying fuel and supplies destined for troops in Afghanistan. From Geo News:
More than 27 oil tankers, meant for Nato’s fuel supply and three other vehicles, have been torched after some unidentified attackers fired rockets, which resulted in eruption of raging ablaze, meanwhile two men suffered injuries in the incident, Geo News reported.
Confirming the rocket attacks, Nato sources told media, the ambush took place near Shikarpur Super Highway where Nato and ISAF’s over 30 fuel tankers were parked at a fuel station.
Around 2am, unknown miscreants fired rockets on those tankers, which raged fierce fire in consequence, while the blaze engulfed abutting areas too, witnesses said.
Shikarpur is in Sindh province, relatively far from the havens of the Taliban in Pakistan’s northwest and in Baluchistan province. This attack was likely carried out by one of the multitude of Pakistani terror groups operating in Sindh, such as the Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. But expect the Taliban to claim credit for it.
The Taliban and allied groups have stepped up attacks against NATO convoys near the cities of Kuzdar, Kalat, Mastung, and Mach, all along the road to Quetta before passing through the Chaman border crossing. Attacks are reported on a near-daily basis. The attack in Shikarpur is the first reported there, and the largest reported in the south so far.
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