Militants destroy Nato fuel tankers

Assailants launched two separate attacks on tankers carrying fuel for foreign troops in Afghanistan yesterday, a day after the Pakistani government itself shut one down.

About 10 suspected militants attacked 27 tankers parked at the edge of Shikarpur town in Sindh province. They forced the drivers to flee by firing in the air before setting them ablaze.

A lorry driver and his assistant were burned alive in the second attack on a tanker in south-eastern Baluchistan province, said police officer Mohammad Azam. He said "anti-state elements" were behind the attack.