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Gunmen kill Nato driver in Pakistan

16 May 2013, 14:58

Peshawar - Gunmen on Thursday killed the driver of a Nato supply truck driving through northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, local officials said.

The shooting took place in the Jamrud area of Khyber, one of seven districts that make up Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt where Taliban and Islamist militants are active.

"Two gunmen on a motorcycle fired at a Nato truck and killed its driver," local government official Asmatullah Wazir said.

Local intelligence and health officials confirmed the killing, for which there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Pakistan is a key transit route for the Nato mission in landlocked Afghanistan, from where it is driven to the border from the Arabian Sea port of Karachi.

Incoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who claimed victory in last week's general election, has promised Pakistan's "full support" as the United States withdraws most of its combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year.

From November 2011 to July 2012, Pakistan shut its Afghan border to overland Nato traffic after botched US air raids that killed 24 Pakistani troops.

Pakistan and the United States have signed a deal allowing Nato convoys to travel into Afghanistan until the end of 2015.



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