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Pakistan temporarily closes NATO border post over security concerns

Security worries limit NATO traffic in Pakistan.

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Fuel tanker trucks, used to transport fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan, are seen parked along a road in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on June 12, 2012. Pakistan told the US on July 3, 2012, that it would reopen NATO supply routes into Afghanistan. (ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan has temporarily closed one of the border crossings used by NATO two days after a supply convoy nearby was targeted by gunmen in an attack that killed the driver, reported the Associated Press

In a separate development also today, security officials said a market bombing today killed 11 people in the country's northwest, said AP

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The convoy shooting on Tuesday was the first such violence since the country reopened the border after seven months, according to Agence-France Press

A paramilitary official told AFP today that NATO traffic moving through the Torkham crossing in the northwest Khyber area "has been temporarily suspended since Wednesday evening to beef up security." 

Local official Bakhtiar Khan told AP that it will stay closed for several days so that officials can address security threats. 

Customs official Mohammed Tariq said the closure does not affect border crossings in the Chaman and Baluchistan provinces, both of which are used by NATO, according to AP

Pakistan barred NATO from using the critical supply route in November after US airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. It was reopened several weeks ago, following a US apology. 

 

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