At least 13 container trucks of NATO supplies were jacked in the Khyber Pass region by about 60 Pashtun Taliban. A US Humvee was also captured and later paraded for cameras. Around 70% of the supplies for US and NATO in Afghanistan come through this region.
Pakistani truckers say the government is powerless to stop the attacks. “The government is a silent spectator,” the owner of a trucking company that transports supplies through Khyber told Reuters. “[The Taliban] attack our trucks, loot them and kill our drivers in broad daylight, even near security checkposts, but [the military] can’t do anything.”
Today’s hijacking occurred one day after the US military killed eight Taliban fighters during hot pursuit from Afghanistan into Khyber. A Khyber-based extremist group called the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice said its forces battled the Afghan military before retreating into Pakistan.
Read more about the previous day’s incident here.