Pakistan: militant gunmen attack convoy of Nato tankers bound for Afghanistan

Supposed militants, with their faces enclosed, opened fire with small arms to fright off the drivers and then set fire to the vehicles, which were parked in Shikarpur just before dawn, said Abdul Hameed Khoso, the region police chief.

"Approximately 20 attackers armed with rocket launchers and attack rifles attacked these trucks. They set ablaze 27 trucks parked there," he said.

A number of 80 per cent of supplies for international armed forces pass through Pakistan.

Though attacks by militants and looters are not rare, the latest occurrence comes at a time of heightened tension flanked by Islamabad and Nato commanders in Afghanistan.

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