Afghan supplies torched in Pakistan

At least 100 lorries burn as terminal used by Nato and US forces comes under attack.

Burned Pakistan lorries
Taliban fighters are increasingly attacking Nato and US supply routes into Afghanistan [AFP]

He said his terminal only handled lorries carrying military supplies for Afghanistan.

The Taliban has carried out a a series of similar attacks in recent weeks, aimed at disrupting the vital supply route for US and Nato troops into Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass.

Supply lorries carry 75 per cent of the food and fuel for the foreign troops in Afghanistan.

Serial sabotage

Referring to Sunday’s incident, Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder, in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, said: “It is not the first time that such an attack has taken place.

“Just a few months ago over 60 trucks laden with fuel were sabotaged by elements, who later on took responsibility, opposed to the war in Afghanistan and want to send a strong signal.

“[The government] has not been able to provide the necessary security. There are critics of the government who say that all the security is employed to look after the very important personalities and the elite elements of society.”

A Taliban spokesman told Al Jazeera two weeks ago that such attacks would continue “until the [Afghan] government and the Americans are smashed”.

“We want to show them they are not all-powerful and the mujahadin of Afghanistan can carry out attacks on our enemies in any part of the country,” Zabiullah Mujahid, the spokesman, said.

International forces have reportedly discussed opening new supply routes into the country through Russia, and even Iran.

Imitaz Gul, a political analyst in Islamabad, told Al Jazeera: “I think the likelihood is there are going to be more attacks … I think we are likely to see more reaction by the Taliban, by the militants, to what the American troops and in particular the CIA [do].”

Hamid Mir, a Pakistani journalist, said Sunday’s incident was likely to have been a response to the previous day’s attacks by the US in the North Waziristan area.

“The growing tension between Pakistan and India will certainly help these militants,” he told Al Jazeera.

“If Pakistan’s army moves from the western to the eastern border, then these militants will be the beneficiary. Because of the Indian-Pakistan tension, they [the Pakistan army] are not concentrating on beefing up the security in Peshawar.”

Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies