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Afghanistan: Fuel Suppliers Threatened For Aiding U.S.

Islamabad, 14 January 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) news agency says that an unknown Afghan group has threatened to blow up fuel suppliers if they continue supplying U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The Pakistani-based agency today quotes a Pashtu-language statement sent to newspaper offices in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar as saying, "Supply of fuel and food items to U.S. forces in Afghanistan is 'Haram' [un-Islamic]." The previously unknown group calls itself "Taliban and Sincere Mujahedin."

According to AIP, the statement said the fuel is being used to run tanks and fly jets which are participating in operations against Muslims. The statement warned tanker owners of "death and execution" if they continued to supply U.S. forces.

The statement came out one week after another previously unheard-of group calling itself the Secret Army of Muslim Mujahedin claimed responsibility for 50 raids on U.S. forces in Afghanistan and warned of more attacks.