Three dead in NATO convoy attack in Pakistan

Militants attacked NATO supply trucks in northwest Pakistan with guns and mortars on Monday, killing at least three drivers and wounding six others, officials said.

The attack took place in the Shagai area, 20 kilometres (12 miles) southeast of Landi Kotal, the main town of Khyber district, one of seven tribal areas on the Afghan border that are a haven for Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked insurgents.

"At least three drivers were killed and six other helpers were wounded after a gun and mortar attack," local administration official Azam Wazir told AFP.

"Gunmen attacked four NATO containers with small arms and mortar shells and set ablaze two trucks, and damaged two others."

Another administration official in Khyber confirmed the account.

Pakistan is a key transit route for the NATO mission in landlocked Afghanistan, from where supplies are driven to the border from the Arabian Sea port of Karachi.

From November 2011 to July 2012, Pakistan shut its Afghan border to overland NATO traffic after botched US air raids killed 24 Pakistani troops.

Pakistan and the United States have signed a deal allowing NATO convoys to travel into Afghanistan until the end of 2015.