Islamabad: Militants torched 10 tankers carrying oil for NATO forces in Afghanistan in southern Pakistan, injuring five persons including the vehicles' drivers, police and witnesses said today.
Three drivers were among the five persons injured in the attack in Khairpur district of Sindh province, police said. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital. Doctors said two drivers were hit by bullets.
According to police, the incident took place late last night.
The suspected militants fired at the oil tankers, which were going from the port city of Karachi to the northwestern city of Peshawar, and then torched them.
The flames from the tankers spread in minutes and burnt a roadside hotel and three shops.
Traffic was suspended on the National Highway.
Fire tenders, facing problems because of the huge flames, managed to extinguish the fire after five hours,
Footage on TV showed the tankers burning on the highway. The suspected militants fled after the attack.
No group claimed responsibility for the incident.
Police launched a search to apprehend the attackers but no one was arrested till this morning.
Attacks by suspected militants on NATO trucks are common in Pakistan's restive northwest and southwest but such attacks are rare in Sindh province.