Taliban attackers set NATO vehicles ablaze on Afghan border

AFP , Thursday 19 Jun 2014

An Afghan security forces member arrives at the site of burning NATO supply trucks after a Taliban attack at Behsud District of Nangarhar Province, June 9, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Taliban militants set NATO military vehicles ablaze in Afghanistan on Thursday, with local officials saying 37 were affected, though the coalition confirmed only that "several" were damaged.

All three attackers died in a gunfight with Afghan police and soldiers at the Torkham border crossing with Pakistan, Nangarhar provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai told AFP.

"After making it into the parking lot, they used magnetic bombs to destroy some 37 NATO vehicles and fuel trucks," he said.

"They were killed in an hour-long gun battle with security forces, who did not suffer any casualties."

The Taliban claimed responsibility via a recognised Twitter account.

A spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force said the attack occurred outside Forward Operating Base Torkham.

"There was significant damage to several vehicles," he said.

NATO vehicles in parking lots at the border have been attacked before, with one policeman killed in a similar assault in December.

Torkham is a key crossing into Pakistan for NATO supplies leaving Afghanistan as the US-led coalition withdraws.

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