Pakistan police say two NATO tankers torched to claim insurance money

Saturday, Jul 16,2011, 11:16:23 AM

Nowshera [Khyber Pakhtunkhwa]: Police said on Tuesday [28 June] that the two NATO-supply oil tankers were blown up in Nowshera district late Monday night in connivance with the vehicle owners as the petrol worth millions had been sold and the tankers were destroyed to claim huge amount of insurance.

Addressing a press conference at the Nowshera Police Lines, District Police Officer (DPO) Muhammad Quresh Khan said oil tanker (TLK-886) parked at the Grand Trunk road in Azakhel Payan for customs checking was blown up in the dead of the night.

He said the vehicle caught fire in the bombing and was reduced to ashes as the fire fighters extinguished the flames after a one-hour struggle. He claimed that oil had been taken away from the mentioned tankers before destroying it with locally made explosives and a few hundreds of litres petrol was left so that the tanker could burn.

The cop added that 65,000 litres of petrol worth seven million rupees were sold to unknown persons before the blast. He said a similar incident happened in the limits of the Mamraiz Police Station limits in Nowshera where fuel was sold and the tanker later destroyed by triggering explosives.

The official said the tankers' owners made double profits by selling the petrol being transported and claiming insurance of their vehicles from the insurance companies as the police investigation disclosed that the militants were not involved in both the incidents. He said the owners of the tankers were investigated in detail to ascertain the reality behind such crimes in Nowshera district. The cop added that the police have taken further security steps to avoid similar incidents in future.

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