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Two dead as gunmen attack NATO trucks

06 May, 2014

PESHAWAR: Gunmen attacked three container trucks carrying NATO supplies en route to Afghanistan in Pakistan's troubled northwest on Monday, killing two people, officials said.

The trucks came under fire in the Wazir Dhand area of Khyber, one of seven districts that make up Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt, as they were on their way to Afghanistan.

Pakistan is a major transit supply route for the NATO mission in landlocked Afghanistan.

"The three container trucks were on their way to Afghanistan when seven to eight gunmen opened fire at them in Wazir Dhand area, killing two drivers and wounding two others," a senior local administration official, Ali Sher, told AFP.

He said two of the drivers were missing since the incident and it was not clear if they had escaped or if militants had kidnapped them. Another local administration official also confirmed the incident and said the attackers had fled.

A doctor at the government-run agency headquarters hospital in Jamrud said two dead bodies and two injured were bought to the hospital.

"One of the injured was in critical condition and he has been shifted to Peshawar for further treatment" he said requesting not to be named as he is not authorised to talk to the media.

No group has admitted responsibility but the Taliban have in the past claimed such attacks.

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