Unidentified gunmen fired on a convoy supplying NATO forces in Afghanistan as it traveled through Khyber district (Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province) on Friday, October 16. The incident occurred on the Bara Road near Jalandhar, with the attackers setting fire to the vehicles after the drivers abandoned them. Security forces were deployed to the scene following the attack are conducting search operations.
Further attacks targeting supply convoys in the area cannot be ruled out.
Pakistan acts a major supply route for NATO forces in Afghanistan despite the increased use of alternative routes through Central Asia. Supply convoys traveling through the country are frequently attacked by militants. In 2011, some 20 trucks were destroyed in targeted a NATO logistics terminal in Quetta. In June 2019, one driver was wounded when militants targeted a truck near the Takhta Baig checkpoint on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in the Khyber district.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al-Qai'da, Islamic State (IS) affiliates, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, the Afghan Taliban, and other Islamist militant groups continue to pose a threat in Pakistan's western border region despite continued military operations aimed at improving security in the area.
Those in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and Pakistan more generally, are advised to remain vigilant at all times and report any suspicious activity to the relevant authorities.
Due to a high threat from terrorism, as well as kidnapping and sectarian violence, some Western governments advise their citizens to reconsider travel to some areas of Pakistan, including the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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