Quetta: 12 arrested for attacking Nato tankers
QUETTA: Pakistani security officials said they had arrested 12 members of a gang involved in torching and destroying shipments for NATO troops in Afghanistan. The paramilitary Frontier Corps car ride out a series of raids in Hub town, 700kms off Quetta.
Corps spokesman Abdul Wassey told AFP on Thursday: “We arrested a gang of 12 people, who have been involved in destroying NATO containers.” He said the suspects also confessed to torching the NATO vehicles and killing or wounding their drivers. “Cars used by these gangsters in the crimes were also recovered,” he added.
The group was being interrogated for information about similar gangs operating in different areas of Balochistan, the spokesman said. The arrests come days after nine NATO tankers carrying fuel were destroyed in the Hub area on their way to the Chaman border crossing to Afghanistan. Overland oil shipments to NATO troops in Afghanistan resumed through Pakistan less than two weeks ago under tighter security after a five–month suspension due to attacks. Pakistani contractors had stopped driving oil supplies from Karachi to Torkham border crossing due to frequent attacks on their vehicles.