Growing Fears in Peshawar as Over 50 More Trucks Destroyed

Militants destroyed over 160 vehicles bound for Afghanistan on Sunday morning in and around the Pakistani city of Peshawar in raids on two separate compounds storing the vehicles for the international forces. This morning, they struck again.

In another pre-dawn raid, militants attacked two more parking bays, setting fire to 150 vehicles and cargo containers, with over 50 of those trucks also scheduled to cross the tumultuous Khyber Pass to supply NATO forces in Afghanistan. None of the watchmen on the scene saw anything of the attack, and no one was reported injured in the strike.

The latest attacks have intensified fears among the city’s three million residents. In more upscale neighborhoods, residents are reported to have relocated their families to nearby towns and villages until the situation quiets down, and shopkeepers are closing their stores earlier. Property values are plummeting and a senior Pakistani official described the situation as “getting out of control.”

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