Pakistan Gunmen Torch Dozens of NATO Tankers

Driver killed as key border crossing remains closed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 6, 2010 4:25 AM CDT
A Pakistani firefighter tries to extinguish burning oil tankers after militants attacked a terminal in Quetta, Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
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(Newser) – Gunmen torched more than two dozen tankers carrying fuel to NATO troops and killed a driver today in the sixth attack on convoys taking supplies to Afghanistan since Pakistan closed a key border crossing almost a week ago. The Khyber Pass crossing was closed after a NATO helicopter attack in the border area killed three Pakistani troops, AP reports.

The closure has left hundreds of trucks stranded alongside the country's highways and blocked traffic heading to the one route into Afghanistan from the south that has remained open. A Pentagon spokesman said an investigation of the helicopter attack was expected to be concluded later today, and that he expected the spat between allies could be resolved soon.

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