South Asia

Nato tankers come under gun attack in Pakistan

Gunmen in north-west Pakistan have fired on two tankers carrying fuel to Nato troops in Afghanistan, wounding at least three people, police said.

The gunmen intercepted and opened fire on two oil tankers on a highway near Pabbi town in Nowshera district.

A local police officer said two drivers and an assistant were injured in the firing. Though oil leaked, the tankers did not catch fire.

Pakistani Taliban claim to have carried out earlier attacks on tanker convoys.

Monday's attack happened when eight militants in two cars intercepted the tankers and fired at them, police officer Hayat Khan told the AFP news agency.

Pakistan had closed the main border crossing to Afghanistan for 11 days last month in protest at a Nato helicopter attack inside Pakistan, which left two Pakistani soldiers dead.

The Pakistani Taliban carried out a series of similar attacks last month after the closure of the border crossing - 30 tankers carrying fuel to Nato troops were set on fire in one of the attacks.