3 guards killed at NATO terminal in NW Pakistan

AP News
Posted: Apr 01, 2011 7:23 AM
3 guards killed at NATO terminal in NW Pakistan

Islamist militants on Friday attacked a terminal in northwestern Pakistan used by trucks carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing three Pakistani guards at the site. Elsewhere in the northwest, a child was killed in an explosion set off by a suicide bomber fleeing from residents who opened fire at him.

The militants killed the guards by slitting their throats, said government administrator Akbar Khan. The attack took place in the town of Landi Kotal, close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Much of the non-lethal supplies for the war effort in Afghanistan come via Pakistan after being unloaded at the Arabian Sea port of Karachi in the south. Taliban militants often attack NATO supply trucks in Pakistan, though the vast majority of the goods are untouched.

Later Friday, a suicide bomber killed a young boy in the northwestern town of Darra Adam Khel after being chased into a house, said Khalid Khan, the top official in the area.

Residents spotted the bomber suspiciously roaming around a mosque before Friday prayers. They fired shots at him after he ran into a house and then heard a loud explosion.

It was unclear if the bomber detonated his explosives himself or if they were triggered by the gunfire, said Khan. The blast killed a young boy in the house and wounded five other people, he said.

No group has claimed responsibility for sending the bomber, but Taliban militants have staged attacks in Darra Adam Khel in the past.