KHYBER AGENCY - Unidentified gunmen on Monday attacked three Nato containers, killing two drivers and injuring two others in Wazir Dandh area of Tehsil Jamrud, a sub-division of Khyber Agency.

The sources said that Nato supply convoy was en-route to Torkham border from Peshawar when it was intercepted and surrounded by 30-40 militants in Wazir Dandh area. The armed assailants opened indiscriminate firing on the vehicles. Four crew members of the leading truck bearing registration no.TLK-261 received multiple bullets wounds. The militants also threw petrol on the two loaded Nato armour vehicles and set them on fire, sources said. After executing the attack, they managed to escape from the scene.

Being informed, the administration and security officials rushed to the site, cordoned off the area and shifted the injured to the nearest health centre where two of them succumbed to their injuries. The deceased were identified as Tariq and Rehman Ali.

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. Pakistan is a major transit supply route for the Nato mission in landlocked Afghanistan. Trucks travelling through Pakistan to supply US-led forces have frequently been attacked during Nato’s 13-year intervention in Afghanistan. The coalition is winding down operations in Afghanistan with its 51,000 combat troops due to pull out by the end of this year.

Late last year, the United States suspended shipments of equipment out of Afghanistan through a key Pakistani route for a time. The move came after the political party of former cricketer Imran Khan began forcibly searching trucks in an effort to halt Nato supplies in protest against US drone strikes in Pakistan.