“Gunmen have attacked a Nato convoy near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, killing at least seven people and setting several vehicles on fire.
The overnight assault took place just 10km (six miles) outside the city – the closest such attack to the capital so far.
A dozen militants opened fire, torching 20 parked supply trucks and destroying millions of dollars of army equipment.
The Nato trucks were carrying supplies to alliance troops in Afghanistan.
Some three-quarters of the supplies needed by the 130,000 US-led international troops in Afghanistan are transported by land from the Pakistan port of Karachi.
It is a lucrative business for the drivers, but it angers Pakistanis upset at Western military attacks in Afghanistan and the broader region, the BBC’s Bill Hayton says.
The alliance has been searching out alternate routes via Russia and central Asia, and this attack will spur their efforts to get them moving, our correspondent adds."
2010-06-09 20:14:11 UTC