Afghan Supply Trucks Torched in Pakistan

Attack raises concerns about supply pipeline
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 7, 2008 8:10 AM CST
Rows of destroyed Humvees and military trucks are seen at the Portward Logistic Terminal in Peshawar, Pakistan, today.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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(Newser) – Militants torched more than 160 trucks in two Pakistani terminals supplying US-led troops in Afghanistan, AP reports. A security guard was killed in the assault at one of the terminals. While some witnesses reported hundreds of gunmen, a US official called the attack “militarily insignificant,” saying it would have “minimal” effect on its battle against Taliban insurgents. Still, the action likely raises serious supply concerns; some 300 trucks cross the border every day.

“We don't feel safe here at all,” said a depot manager. “It is almost impossible for us to continue with this business.”