Key Nato supply route reopens

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Pakistan reopened a key border crossing to Nato supply convoys heading into Afghanistan yesterday, ending an 11-day blockade imposed after a US helicopter strike killed two Pakistani soldiers.

The closure of the Torkham crossing to Nato vehicles stranded many fuel tankers, leaving them vulnerable to militant attacks. It is thought that 150 lorries were destroyed and some drivers and police were wounded in near-daily assaults.

The reopening of the north-west crossing came four days after the US apologised for the helicopter attack on 30 September, saying the pilots mistook the soldiers for insurgents.