Suicide Bombers Torch 37 NATO Supply Trucks in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan - Suicide bombers torched dozens of trucks laden with fuel and military hardware destined for NATO troops in Afghanistan early on Thursday.

The 37 trucks belonging to logistics companies were set on fire after at least three attackers also armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers entered the parking lot in Torkham on the Afghan side of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a senior military source told NBC News on the condition of anonymity.

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One of the bombers detonated at the gate and the rest were shot dead by Afghan and U.S. forces whose base is next to the parking lot, he added.

“There were no security forces casualties but two guards were injured,” the source said.

Torkham is the main resupply route for thousands of foreign soldiers in Afghanistan.

“A number of guards have been injured,” Nangarhar provincial police spokesperson Col. Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal said.

A NATO spokesman said the incident was under investigation and Afghan and foreign forces had secured the site, adding that none of its troops were injured or killed and the base perimeter had not been breached.

- Fazul Rahim