NATO vehicle carrier attacked in Karachi

Nov 30, -0001
Staff Report

KARACHI: A group of unidentified people opened fire and threw a hand grenade on a carrier transporting NATO vehicles to Afghanistan in Karachi. Three people were injured in the incident.

Three vehicle carriers left Port Qasim in Karachi, carrying NATO vehicles to the Afghanistan's city Qandahar. When they had reached Sher Shah Chowk in the Hub Site area, the unidentified armed men attempted to stop them and opened fire. The assailants also threw a hand grenade on one of the carriers, injuring three people. The injured were taken to the Civil Hospital.

The police have started investigations. The injured drivers said that the motorcyclists had attacked them at the Sher Shah Chowk.

AGENCIES ADD: Gunmen in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi ambushed three vehicles carrying supplies for the NATO forces in neighbouring Afghanistan on Thursday, injuring three people, police said.

"Four unknown armed men riding on two motorcycles opened fire and hurled hand grenades on NATO supply trucks in Baldia neighbourhood and escaped," local police official Mohammad Ali told AFP.

"The attack wounded three people on the trucks and damaged the trucks. The trucks were bound for Afghanistan's Kandahar town."

NATO and US-led forces battling a worsening Taliban-led insurgency in landlocked Afghanistan are hugely dependent on Pakistan for supplies, with about 80 percent passing through the country.

The bulk of equipment required by foreign troops is shipped through northwest Pakistan's tribal region of Khyber, where Taliban militants have carried out a series of attacks on the convoys.

Supplies heading to forces fighting in the Afghan south -- the Taliban heartland -- also pass through Baluchistan province, which is plagued by Islamist, sectarian and separatist unrest. SAMAA/AGENCIES




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