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In Khyber, Attacks on NATO Traffic Injure Two

by AFP and Newsweek Pakistan
Jamaat-e-Islami’s Friday protest in Karachi. Rizwan Tabassum—AFP

Jamaat-e-Islami’s Friday protest in Karachi. Rizwan Tabassum—AFP

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has also threatened to embargo all NATO traffic.

Gunmen opened fire Saturday afternoon on two trucks carrying NATO vehicles in Pakistan’s northwest, wounding two drivers.

“Unknown militants opened fire on two NATO flatbeds, which were carrying vehicles, in two different parts of Jamrud,” Jahangir Azam Wazir, assistant political agent in the federally-administered Khyber tribal agency, where the attack took place, told Newsweek. “Two drivers were injured in these attacks.”

“The two trailers were on their way to Karachi when gunmen attacked them,” a local intelligence official also confirmed. The assailants managed to escape both scenes.

No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attacks, but the Taliban have in the past owned similar attacks on NATO convoys in Pakistan’s restive tribal parts, which Washington has branded the most dangerous place in the world.

From November 2011 to July 2012, Pakistan shut its Afghan border to overland NATO traffic after botched U.S. air raids that killed 24 Pakistani troops.

Yesterday, the Jamaat-e-Islami party staged a protest in Peshawar and temporarily managed to stop NATO traffic. The provincial government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, which includes Jamaat, has given the federal government until Nov. 20 to force the U.S. into stopping drone strikes or risk an embargo on all NATO traffic through the northwestern province.

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