Nato Tankers Torched In Pakistan

Suspected militants in southern Pakistan have destroyed at least 27 tankers carrying fuel for Nato forces in Afghanistan, officials said. The attack in Sindh province comes a day after three Pakistani soldiers died in a cross-border air strike by Nato. Pakistan has blocked supply routes for US and Nato troops in Afghanistan following the raid. Hundreds of Nato supply tankers have been destroyed by militants in Pakistan over the last few years. No-one has claimed responsibility for Friday morning's attack in the southern town of Shikarpur. Police official Mir Ahmed Chandio told AP news agency that gunmen had opened fire at a terminal where the tankers were parked to scare away the drivers, before torching the vehicles. This is thought to be the first incident of its kind in Shikarpur, which lies on the supply route for international troops in Afghanistan. Previous attacks have happened in Balochistan and in the north-west, at Peshawar and the Khyber tribal region. On Thursday, Pakistani officials said they had blocked supply routes to ensure Nato vehicles were not attacked by the Taliban in retaliation for the helicopter attack which claimed the lives of three Pakistani soldiers.