Pakistani Taliban attack NATO supply trucks
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Monday for a pre-dawn attack on tankers carrying fuel to Afghanistan for U.S. and other NATO forces, vowing to continue raiding supply lines in Pakistan until they are shut down completely.
The attack came on a supply line that has been stalled because of a temporary border closing imposed by Pakistani authorities after a NATO helicopter attack killed three Pakistan troops last week. It was the third such attack since Friday, and seemed certain to raise the stakes in the closure, which has exacerbated tensions between Washington and Islamabad but has been welcomed by Islamist groups opposed to Pakistan's support of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.
About a dozen militants attacked the tankers as they were parked at a truck stop outside Islamabad, peppering the vehicles with their automatic weapons and then setting the leaking fuel ablaze. Four people were killed and another seven injured, and some 20 trucks were partially or totally destroyed, authorities said.