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Pakistan mob burns two APCs set for US Afghan force

PAKISTAN: Gunmen in the Pakistani port city of Karachi set fire to two armoured personnel carriers (APCs) bound for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, police said on Monday.

There have been reports Islamist militants had threatened to start attacking supplies bound for foreign forces in Afghanistan in Karachi, where many supplies arrive before being trucked overland into Afghanistan. The APCs were on a lorry parked by a main road since Aug. 18 because of a strike by truck drivers over rising fuel prices.

"They were armed and about two dozen of them. They first fired and then burned the two APCs," senior police official Faisal Noor told Reuters.

Noor declined to comment when asked if the attack might have been the work of Taliban supporters trying to disrupt supplies reaching foreign forces in Afghanistan, saying his men were still investigating.

From Karachi, supplies for U.S. forces are trucked through two border crossings, one into the southern Afghan town of Spin Boldak, and the other to the northeast at the top of the Khyber Pass.

Karachi, Monday, Reuters

 

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