Pro-US Afghanistan puppet military forces stand next to burned-out fuel tankers that were liberated and destroyed by the resistance fighters struggling to oust the American and NATO occupation forces from their country. Attacks occur everyday., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
7 US fuel tankers torched in Afghanistan
Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:7AM
Afghan security forces guard a burned out fuel tanker in Kunduz, north of Kabul. (file photo)
Taliban militants have attacked seven US fuel tankers supplying oil to American troops and torched them in Afghanistan's eastern province of Ghazni.
"A group of militants opened fire on a line of oil trucks destined for US forces in Roza area of Ghazni, located 136 kilometers (84 miles) south of the capital Kabul, early on Tuesday, leaving seven tankers on fire," a Press TV correspondent reported.
The assailants later fled the scene. Their whereabouts are unknown.
Zorawar Zahid, police chief of Ghazni, said that seven fuel tankers were set on fire in the act of terror. He noted that police cordoned off the area after the incident and have launched a search operation to arrest the perpetrators.
Taliban have meanwhile claimed responsibility for the assault on the oil tankers destined for US troops.
The US military and NATO rely heavily on the Pakistani supply route into landlocked Afghanistan, more so now that Taliban attacks are increasing.
Supplies arrive by sea in the southern port city of Karachi, where security analysts believe most of the Afghan Taliban leadership is now hiding. From there, they must travel in long, exposed convoys, through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northwest Pakistan.
Militants in the rugged tribal area have staged spectacular attacks in recent months, torching hundreds of NATO vehicles and containers destined for foreign troops in Afghanistan.
In response, the Pakistani authorities have deployed large contingents of police and military forces on all major arteries in the area to curb the attacks.
Other routes, largely through Russia and the Central Asian states, have proved too costly both politically and economically to be viable.