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NATO oil tanker attacked in Pakistan's Peshawar

2010-02-01 15:23:13 GMT2010-02-01 23:23:13 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Firefighters try to put out the fire of a NATO oil tank attacked by gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, Feb. 1, 2010. Gunmen attacked the truck carrying oil for NATO forces in Afghanistan. (Xinhua/Umar Qayyum)

A firefighter tries to put out the fire of a NATO oil tank attacked by gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, Feb. 1, 2010. Gunmen attacked the truck carrying oil for NATO forces in Afghanistan. (Xinhua/Umar Qayyum)

A NATO oil tank is attacked by gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, Feb. 1, 2010. Gunmen attacked the truck carrying oil for NATO forces in Afghanistan. (Xinhua/Umar Qayyum)

A NATO oil tank is attacked by gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, Feb. 1, 2010. Gunmen attacked the truck carrying oil for NATO forces in Afghanistan. (Xinhua/Umar Qayyum)

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- A NATO oil tanker was attacked and burned down on Monday morning in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar, police said.

Police said a couple of unidentified militants opened fire at the tanker that was soon wrapped up in flames.

They said the fire was hugely intense but on time activity by the fire tenders saved the nearby locality.

Police undertook a search operation against the unidentified miscreants but nobody was arrested.

Locals said the militants ordered the driver and his assistant to get down and set the tanker on fire.

Militants frequently attacked oil tankers and trucks bringing goods from Pakistan's port city of Karachi for forces battling Taliban in Afghanistan. It was reported that around 80 percent of the U.S.-led NATO forces supplies are transported through the neighboring country.

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