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Nato supply trucks blown up in Pakistan

Reuters

Four oil tankers and three containers carrying fuel and other supplies for Nato troops have been blown up in Pakistan, killing two people. The incidents took place in the Khyber tribal region near the Afghan border.

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"A bomb planted underneath an oil tanker exploded while it was on the move in a market in Landi Kotal town of Khyber tribal area turning the vehicle into a ball of flame, which also engulfed four nearby vehicles and killed two people," a local official told AFP.

He blamed the attacks, which also wounded 11 people, on local militants.

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The lawless Khyber is on the main Nato supply route through Pakistan into Afghanistan, where 150,000 foreign forces are battling to reverse an escalating Taliban insurgency. 

Three oil tankers and four containers carrying fuel and other Nato supplies were blown up at the Torkham crossing point.  Local intelligence officials in Khyber also confirmed the attacks and casualties.

Nato supplies also travel through the south-western province of Baluchistan, which is troubled by Taliban violence and attacks by separatists who rose up in 2004 demanding autonomy and a greater share of profits from natural resources.

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