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Fresh attack on Pakistan lorries

Bridge attack in Pakistan
The raid followed Tuesday's bomb attack on a key bridge in the region

Suspected Taleban militants in Pakistan have destroyed a number of lorries in the latest attack on the supply route to Afghanistan.

Eight container lorries and a number of other vehicles were gutted near Landikotal, the main town in the Khyber tribal region, officials said.

The empty lorries had returned after delivering supplies.

Most supplies for the international forces in Afghanistan come through the Khyber Pass in Pakistan.

The US army has been setting up other supply routes to counter the increasing attacks on the road between Peshawar in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, militants blew up a bridge in the Khyber district, cutting the link to Nato forces and halting all the traffic on the road.

Tribesmen

In the latest attack, the suspected militants raided the lorry park during the night, tied down the guards and set the vehicles on fire after sprinkling petrol on them, witnesses said. No casualties were reported.

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The truck drivers are local Afridi and Shinwari tribesmen who usually park their vehicles at Landikotal on their return journey before going home.

The arson attack followed Tuesday's explosion at the key 30m (100 ft) iron bridge 23km (15 miles) west of Peshawar.

Authorities say Nato supplies and other trade goods to Afghanistan have since resumed via an alternate route.

Meanwhile, militants fired at least five rockets at a paramilitary fort in the same region on Tuesday night but no casualties were reported.

Security forces launched an operation in the area last month after which the authorities said the area had been cleared of "criminal elements".

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