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Pak: Militants cut Afghan supply link
Posted on: 03-02-2009 , 04:: | DY365 Bureau

Peshawar, Feb 03: Suspected militants blew up a bridge in north-western Pakistan's Khyber Pass on Tuesday, cutting the main route for supplies bound for Western forces in Afghanistan, a government official said.

Separately, security forces killed at least 35 Taliban insurgents and wounded many in an attack on Monday night in the SWAT Valley, northeast of the Kyber Pass, a military spokesman said.

Militants in north-western Pakistan stepped up attacks on the road through the Khyber Pass, a crucial route into landlocked Afghanistan, last year in an attempt to deprive international forces fighting the Taliban of supplies trucked in from Pakistan.

The 30-meter (100-foot) iron bridge was blown up after midnight and administration officials said all traffic along the route was suspended.

"Militants blew up the bridge and it's going to take some time to fix it," said government official Rahat Gul. He declined to estimate how long it might take.

Militant attacks over recent months have disrupted supplies but the route had only been briefly closed twice since September.

There are two routes through Pakistan into Afghanistan, one through the Khyber Pass, to the border town of Torkham and on to Kabul.

The other runs through Pakistan's Baluchistan province to the border town of Chaman and on to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.

 
 

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