29 NATO tankers in new Pakistan attack: officials

Gunmen Saturday torched at least 29 oil tankers in southwest Pakistan, the sixth attack in just over a week asIslamist militants continue to target a NATO supply route into Afghanistan.

Two police officers were hurt in the attack in remote Mitri area, 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.

He said the fire engulfed 29 tankers, adding the local administration have called firefighters from the nearby Sibbi town to extinguish the fire.

“We will be able to have a precise idea about the losses only after the fire is brought under control.”

Mateen said the tankers, which were on their way to Afghanistan had stopped in Mitri overnight.