Taliban bomb destroys 22 NATO supply trucks in Afghan north

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:25am EDT

Afghan firefighters spray water on burning NATO supply trucks in Samangan province, July 18, 2012. A bomb planted by the Taliban destroyed 22 NATO trucks carrying supplies to their forces in northern Afghanistan, the Taliban and police said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Stringer

Afghan firefighters spray water on burning NATO supply trucks in Samangan province, July 18, 2012. A bomb planted by the Taliban destroyed 22 NATO trucks carrying supplies to their forces in northern Afghanistan, the Taliban and police said on Wednesday.

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MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A bomb planted by the Taliban destroyed 22 NATO trucks carrying supplies to their forces in northern Afghanistan, the Taliban and police said on Wednesday.

Eighteen fuel trucks and four supply vehicles were parked in Aibak, the capital of Samangan province, when a bomb ripped through them, wounding one person, local police said.

"At 2 a.m. the mujahideen attacked the invader NATO trucks," the Taliban said in a statement, referring to the wagons which had been driven from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan's north.

The trucks were attacked in the same province where prominent anti-Taliban lawmaker Ahmad Khan Samangani was killed on Saturday at his daughter's wedding, in a suicide bomb attack that killed 22 other guests.

"We believe the Taliban carried this out. Eighteen trucks have been totally destroyed, the rest were damaged by fire," Samangan police chief Khalil Andarabi told Reuters.

Separately, police in neighboring Baghlan province said they had detained 10 suspected Taliban members with so-called magnetic bombs, which they were trying to attach to supply trucks.

Pakistan recently reopened its border crossings with Afghanistan for NATO supplies after shutting them in November after a U.S. airstrike unintentionally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

(Reporting by Bashir Ansari, writing by Mirwais Harooni, editing by Amie Ferris-Rotman)

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Comments (8)
tiktin wrote:
As an American tax payer I am sick and tired of this egregious waste. One might also note the sheer ineptitude and incompetence of my government’s attempt to play empire. This was not an isolated incident. It happens all the time and has been for years. It reminds one a little bit of Mussolini’s ludicrous attempt to restore the Roman Empire. Incompetent governments are ill suited to going around the world invading other countries. They would do better to stay home and mind their own business.

Jul 18, 2012 8:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
HAL.9000 wrote:
“tiktin wrote:
As an American tax payer I am sick and tired of this egregious waste. One might also note the sheer ineptitude and incompetence of my government’s attempt to play empire.”
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@tiktin:
Well, look at it this way. Let the Taliban have there way, let them destroy the US. Then you wont have to worry about being an American tax payer any more.

You’ll be a Taliban tax payer under sharia law.

We are still at war BTW. These things are to be expected.

Jul 18, 2012 9:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
frapper wrote:
Exterminate Islam from the face of the earth. Deport all Muslims from the USA. Pull all our troops and assets out of the Islamic sewers in the Middle East now. Get Hillary a facelift.

Jul 18, 2012 10:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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