The Pakistani Taliban admitted to destroying 16 NATO fuel tankers yesterday in the Dera Murad Jamali area in the southwestern province of Baluchistan. From NDTV:
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq in a phone call to AFP claimed responsibility for the attack.
“It is in retaliation to drone attacks in tribal areas,” Tariq said from an undisclosed location in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. “We will continue to attack NATO supply vehicles and warn those operating them to immediately stop doing it otherwise they may also be targeted,” he said.
“We have assigned our fighters to go after the NATO supply tankers wherever in Pakistan,” Tariq told The Associated Press by phone from an undisclosed location. “We want to make very, very difficult all land routes for NATO in Pakistan.”
While the Taliban routinely attack and destroy NATO fuel and supply trucks moving through Baluchistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, they rarely take credit for attacks in Baluchistan. The Taliban have also been leaning heavily of late on the Predator strikes for justification for their attacks. Tariq made this argument to justify the Jan. 12 suicide attack on a police station in Bannu that killed 20 people.
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