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Drivers carrying NATO supplies through Pakistan fear attacks after Afghan border closed
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) ' Pakistani truck drivers carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan say they are worried about militant attacks after their country closed its border crossings in retaliation for coalition airstrikes that allegedly killed 24 Pakistani troops.
Nearly 300 trucks were stranded at Pakistan's two Afghan border crossings Sunday, a day after the alleged NATO attack and Islamabad's quick decision to block the coalition's supplies.
Saeed Khan, a driver stuck at the Torkham border crossing, said he and hundreds of his colleagues barely slept because they were worried about attacks.
Suspected militants destroyed about 150 trucks a year ago after Pakistan closed Torkham for about 10 days following a similar incident.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
ISLAMABAD (AP) ' Pakistan's foreign minister has told U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that an alleged NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers has negated progress in improving the tattered alliance between the two countries.
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told Clinton Sunday that the attack was unacceptable, showed complete disregard for human life and sparked rage within Pakistan. The prime minister's office issued a press release describing the conversation.
The U.S. says Clinton expressed sympathy over the incident and promised the U.S. would work with Pakistan as NATO conducts an investigation.
Pakistan has retaliated by closing its Afghan border crossings to NATO supplies and giving the U.S. 15 days to vacate an air base used by American drones.