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Fuel Tankers For NATO Forces In Afghanistan Torched

WATCH: Gunmen in Pakistan attacked and set fire to at least a dozen trucks carrying fuel for NATO operations in Afghanistan, killing one man in the fourth such attack in six days. Firemen extinguished the fire, while security forces cordoned off the area in an effort to apprehend the attackers. (Reuters Video)

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the latest arson attack in Pakistan on tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

Police said gunmen attacked and set on fire about a dozen tankers in the southwestern city of Quetta. A truck driver was also killed in the attack.

A police official described the scene of the attack: "Early in the morning at prayer time, two vehicles with armed men arrived here. They first fired in the air. The firing caused a stampede with people running for their lives. Then, one of the vehicles went in and someone threw some substance that set the vehicles on fire."

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Azam Tariq, said the attack was carried out by local militants.

The October 7 assault was the latest in a series of attacks on supply trucks heading for Afghanistan since Pakistan shut a key border crossing to international forces last week.

Pakistan's decision to close the Torkham crossing was an apparent reaction to alleged NATO helicopter strikes on its territory, one of which killed three Pakistani soldiers.

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the previous attacks as well.

Also, in the northwestern region of North Waziristan, security officials said at least four alleged militants were killed in a suspected U.S. drone attack on a compound.

compiled from agency reports