Landi Kotal: Two killed, 50 injured as bombs hit oil tankers
LANDI KOTAL: Two people were killed and 50 others injured when six bomb blasts ripped through two parking lots, and destroyed 40 oil tankers in Khyber Agency on Sunday, Dawn News reported.
According to the channel, the tankers were carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, and were parked in the Bacha Mina area near the Torkham Border crossing.
The political administration told the channel that most of the injured had been shifted to Landi Kotal hospitals and those with critical burns had been rushed to Peshawar. The administration declared emergency in local hospitals after the blasts.
According to the channel, the administration beefed up security at the border crossing after the explosions and deployed heavy contingents of Khasadar force, frontier corps and levies force.
No one has so far claimed responsibility for the blasts, the channel said. Officials told Daily Times that every oil tanker carried around 45,000 litres of fuel.
A week ago, Syed Amiruddin, the political agent of Khyber Agency, visited the area, and directed officials to allow only one oil tanker at a time to travel through the area, out of fears that militants might inflict heavy losses by attacking caravans of oil tankers.
A Untied States (US) delegation also visited the Torkham Border, and expressed their reservations over increasing attacks on oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO forces fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.