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NATO Tankers Attacked In Pakistan

After a brief lull in violence, a group of militants on Monday attacked two NATO tankers carrying fuel for international forces in neighboring Afghanistan, injuring three people.

The attack was carried out by about eight militants traveling in two vehicles while the tankers were parked along the Grand Trunk Road in Nowshera district of northwest Pakistan, police said.

The attackers fled the scene after firing at the vehicles. Two drivers and a helper, injured in the attack, were taken to a hospital in Peshawar.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but militants linked to the al-Qaida and the Taliban are widely believed to be behind such attacks.

Militants have targeted tankers and container trucks transporting supplies and fuel to Afghanistan after the United States in recent months stepped up its drone attacks on Pakistan's restive tribal regions bordering Pakistan.

In separate incident, three people, including two policemen, were killed and 13 injured when militants tried to storm a police complex in northwest Pakistan on Monday morning.

A group of four militants, some of them wearing suicide vests, drove up to the gate of the Police Lines in Swabi town of Khyber-Paktunkhwa province (formerly North West Frontier Province) and fired indiscriminately when guards stopped them, officials said.

The policemen and a civilian, who had come to the nearby judicial complex, were killed in the attack. Three passers-by and 10 policemen were also injured.

One militant blew himself up at the gate while another, who too was wearing a suicide vest, was shot dead by policemen. The two remaining attackers fled after they failed in their attempt to enter the police complex housing offices and residential quarters.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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