attack NATO supplies in Afghan east, destroy dozens of trucks
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[June 19, 2014]
KABUL (Reuters) - Four Taliban
militants struck a NATO post in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar
on Thursday, destroying dozens of trucks and sparking a gun battle with
polices, Afghan officials said.
The attack took place in the parking compound of a NATO base near
the Torkham crossing on the Pakistani border, near the Khyber Pass
and a main supply route for NATO-led forces in land-locked
Militants on both sides of the border have for years been attacking
supplies bound for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan.
Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said
one attacker blew himself up while police killed the other three.
He said 37 trucks containing fuel and other supplies were destroyed
in explosions set off by the attackers.
One Afghan driver was injured, a witness told Reuters.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirmed that the militants,
fighting to expel foreign forces and bring down the U.S.-backed
Kabul government, were behind the attack.
Afghanistan's Taliban have sustained a high level of violence even
though most foreign troops are due to pull out of the country this
year leaving Afghan security forces to face the insurgents on their
Taliban fighters killed scores of people in attacks on Saturday on a
second-round, run-off presidential election.
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Afghanistan's allies hope the election can usher in a strong, stable
government but accusations of cheating have raised fears of a
deadlock between the two rival candidates, both of whom support a
security pact with the United States.
The Taliban dismissed the vote as a U.S. ploy.
(Reporting by Rafiq Sherzad in Nangarhar and Abdulaziz Ibrahim in
Kabul; Writing by Praveen Menon; Editing by Robert Birsel)
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