NATO Supply Trucks Burned in Pakistan

Heavily armed men attacked and torched 27 NATO supply trucks in the southern Pakistani province of Sindh on Friday, just one day since Islamabad barred the convoy from crossing the border to Afghanistan.

Shikapur district police chief Abdul Hameed Khoso confirmed the attack, which occurred just before dawn. “Around 20 attackers armed with rocket launchers and assault rifles attacked these trucks. They set ablaze 27 trucks parked there,” Khoso said.

The incident came a day after the Pakistani government blocked the NATO convoy while it was headed for Afghanistan. The blockade was in retaliation for the death of three Pakistani soldiers due to a NATO airstrike. The NATO said the airstrike was carried out Thursday after the international troops were allegedly attacked by militants, who escaped towards the Pakistani side of the border with Afghanistan.

The Pakistani government said it would investigate the Thursday airstrike, which is the fourth such strike by NATO forces this week alone. Pakistan has condemned the cross-border attacks.