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Militants attack NATO transport depot

DOZENS of suspected militants yesterday fired rockets at a northwest Pakistan transport terminal used to ship supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan, police said.

At least 12 shipping containers were damaged in the attack at the Farhad terminal in Peshawar, capital of the troubled North West Frontier Province, local police official Zahur Khan said. He said police opened fire at the insurgents but they managed to flee.

The attack came less than a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a packed mosque in North West Frontier Province's Khyber tribal region, killing 48 people and wounding scores more in the worst attack in Pakistan this year.

US and NATO forces in Afghanistan get most of their supplies through Khyber and a southwestern Chaman border crossing - areas where Taliban militants are believed to be operating.

Islamic militants were suspected in Friday's deadly mosque attack, apparently to avenge recent military operations in the area aimed at protecting the NATO supply route, authorities said.

The route passes in front of the mosque, which held about 200 worshippers at the time of the blast.

Shortly after the attack, tribal police detained two men who were filming near the mosque whom investigators believe were linked to those who orchestrated the bombing, local officials said yesterday.


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