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Lahore

October 3, 2010

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Militants claim torching Nato oil-tankers in Sindh

PESHAWAR: Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on Nato oil-tankers near Shikarpur in Sindh on Friday in which 27 tankers were burnt.
Also, the little known militant group, Abdullah Azzam Brigade, claimed responsibility for killing the noted religious scholar and Vice-Chancellor, Islamic University Swat, Dr Mohammad Farooq Khan and kidnapping of another vice-chancellor Ajmal Khan of the Islamia College University in Peshawar.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Azam Tariq Saturday called media people, including The News, from an undisclosed location and took the credit for the attack on oil-tankers in Sindh.
He said the armed men who attacked the Nato supply vehicles in Sindh were in fact militants and affiliated with the TTP led by Hakimullah Mahsud.
He said those involved in the first-ever attack on Nato supplies in Sindh belonged to the mobile ‘Siyara Group.’
“They were local militants and had acquired training in South Waziristan and returned to their native towns to start attacks on government and security installations,” he claimed.
Azam Tariq said 27 oil-tankers were destroyed in the attack. The oil-tankers, he said, were parked near a filling station in Shikarpur.
The Taliban spokesman said they had already attacked Nato supplies in Peshawar, Khyber Agency, Islamabad and various places in Balochistan and Punjab and would now target them in Sindh as well.
Supplies to the foreign forces in war-ravaged Afghanistan have been suspended for the past three days. Long queues of containers loaded with various goods and oil-tankers meant for Nato forces could be seen in
Khyber Agency after an attack by two Nato gunship helicopters on Pakistani security post along the Afghan border in Kurram tribal region on October 1.
Two paramilitary soldiers were killed and four others sustained injuries in the attack that triggered series of protests in the country against the Nato gunship helicopters’ attack on

Pakistani forces.
The Pakistan government said it suspended supplies to foreign forces due to security reasons. It said there was threat after the killing of Pakistani soldiers by Nato forces that militants and the people could target Nato supply trucks.
Meanwhile, Omar Farooq, who claimed to be a spokesman for the Abdullah Azzam brigade, called reporters at the Landikotal Press Club in Khyber Agency and claimed responsibility for killing Dr Farooq Khan.
He said Dr Farooq, who was a psychiatrist-cum-religious scholar, was against Taliban and their activities and had declared suicide bombing as un-Islamic.
The same spokesman also claimed to have kidnapped Vice-Chancellor Ajmal Khan.
There were no reports about the whereabouts of Ajmal Khan after his kidnapping from Professors’ Colony in Peshawar on September 7, where he was living.
He was on his way to office in the morning when a group of armed men intercepted his vehicle and bundled him and his driver into their car and disappeared.

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