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Firefighters extinguish burning NATO supply oil tankers and goods trucks at a terminal following an overnight attack by gunmen in Quetta on December 9, 2011.

Taliban militants have attacked 12 NATO tankers carrying fuel for US-led forces in eastern Afghanistan, Press TV reports.

Afghan officials said that one driver was killed and four security guards were injured late on Sunday when the militants set the tankers on fire in Sayed-Abad district, Wardak province.

Afghan officials have blamed Taliban for the attack.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed that the militants have destroyed 25 NATO tankers and killed several drivers as well as security guards.

The attack came days after Islamabad agreed to reopen NATO supply routes into Afghanistan and end the bitter months-long standoff with Washington after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was sorry for the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a US-led air strike in November 2011.

The move has provoked criticism from Pakistani people who poured into the streets across the country to ask the government to close the routes again.


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