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Monday, April 19, 2010

Pakistan: Blast Hits Oil Tankers on NATO Route

AP story on nytimes.com

Published: April 19, 2010

Filed at 1:53 a.m. ET

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- An official says suspected Taliban militants in northwestern Pakistan detonated two bombs that destroyed a pair of oil tankers along a vital supply route used by NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Local official Iqbal Khan says the twin explosions occurred in the Takhta Beg area of Khyber tribal region Monday.

No one was wounded, but the fire also engulfed a flatbed truck and nearby shops.

Alleged Taliban militants and ordinary criminals frequently attack vehicles along the supply route that runs through the famed Khyber Pass into Afghanistan.

The U.S. and NATO say their Afghan operations have felt limited impact, but they are establishing alternate routes.

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