Another NATO truck driver killed in militant attack

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 06, 2012 12:20 hrs

The driver of a NATO supply truck was killed, and another injured in a militant attack on Monday in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt, officials have said.

"Three gunmen in a jeep fired at a NATO truck, killing its driver," The Dawn quoted Bakhtiar Khan, a local government official, as saying.

It was the second fatal shooting in two weeks in the Jamrud area in Khyber district, where Taliban and local militancy is active.

After the first shooting on July 24, Pakistan closed the Torkham border crossing, the quickest route from Pakistan's port of Karachi to the Afghan capital, for nine days.

According to a doctor at the local hospital, the driver was shot twice, once in the head and once in the chest.

NATO traffic was suspended for a few hours after the incident.

Pakistan reopened the Torkham crossing on Saturday, having signed a deal with the U.S. last Tuesday allowing NATO convoys to travel into Afghanistan until the end of 2015.

Islamabad in July lifted a seven-month blockade on NATO goods passing overland through Pakistan, which was imposed after an U.S. air raid along the Afghan border killed 24 Pakistani troops in November last year. (ANI)

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