Taliban claim attack on NATO supply convoy in Pakistan

"We accept responsibility for the attacks on the NATO supply trucks and tankers in Sibi district on Saturday," Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Azam Tariq told AFP.

"We will continue the attacks on NATO trucks and tankers until the drone strikes are stopped," he said in a telephone call from an undisclosed location.

Gunmen yesterday torched at least 29 oil tankers in southwest Pakistan, the sixth attack in just over a week on vehicles carrying supplies for the 152,000-strong foreign forces fighting the Taliban-led insurgency.

Previous attacks have also been claimed by Taliban. Two police officers were hurt in the attack in remote Mitri area of Sibi district, 180 kilometres (112 miles) southeast of Quetta, the capital of oil and gas rich Baluchistan province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan.

"Some 30 gunmen attacked the tankers, which were parked outside a roadside hotel and opened fire early Saturday morning, injuring two local police officials," Abdul Mateen, a senior administration official in Mitri, told AFP.

Taliban militants have launched a string of attacks on NATO supply vehicles in Pakistan in the past week to avenge a new wave of US drone strikes targeting Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in the country's lawless tribal region.

Pakistani authorities have reported 26 drone attacks since September 3 which have killed more than 140 people in the region, a hub for homegrown and foreign militants fighting in Afghanistan.

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