Over 50 Nato tankers torched in Quetta, Nowshera
QUETTA/NOWSHERA: As reported by the Dawn News on Thursday, more than 50 Nato oil tankers carrying fuel for US and allied forces in Afghanistan were torched in attacks in Quetta and Nowshera on Wednesday.
In the pre-dawn Quetta attack, 25 tankers were burnt and a driver was killed. The tankers were parked at a private terminal in Akhtarabad area, along the Western Bypass.
According to sources, over a dozen gunmen fired two rockets. This was followed by heavy firing which caused a huge fire.
“I heard two huge explosions after half an hour of heavy firing,” Amir Mohammad Kakar, who runs a roadside restaurant, told Dawn News. More vehicles caught fire after a burning oil tanker exploded.
The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Talking to journalists by telephone, a spokesman threatened that the TTP would intensify the attacks to avenge US drone attacks.
Balochistan police chief Malik Iqbal said police and Levies could not provide full security to Nato supplies from Karachi to Chaman because they had limited resources.
In Nowshera, district police chief Nisar Tanoli said that at least 26 tankers parked along the Grand Trunk Road had caught fire after the attack in Khairabad.
The fire also engulfed a nearby hotel, witnesses said.
Local people said they heard loud explosions and gun shots before fire broke out at the place southeast of Peshawar.
The Islamabad-Peshawar highway was closed and fire-brigade vehicles were called in from Peshawar and Nowshera.