Publish dateSaturday 3 October 2009 - 11:01
Story Code : 38082
Taliban burn two NATO fuel trucks in northern Afghanistan

Kunduz, Afghanistan - Taliban insurgents burned two fuel tanker trucks Friday in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, nearly a month after a deadly airstrike on militant-hijacked petrol trucks in the same province. The trucks were transporting fuel to NATO forces from the Tajik border and were on their way to Kabul when they were ambushed by the Taliban, provincial Governor Mohammad Omar said.

The attack happened on the outskirts of the provincial capital, also called Kunduz, Omar said, adding that both drivers were able to escape unharmed.

Noor Ahmad, one of the drivers, said the Taliban opened fire near the Aliabad district outside Kunduz City and shot out the trucks' tyres.

He said he and his fellow driver then ran to a police station. When they returned, they found the trucks destroyed by rocket-propelled grenades and automatic gunfire, he said.

The ambush occurred after a September 4 airstrike ordered by a German colonel on two Taliban-hijacked fuel trucks. It resulted in the deaths of up to 99 Afghans, including about 30 civilians, according to Afghan government reports, and provoked international criticism
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