A NATO supply convoy has been attacked by gunmen on the outskirts of Islamabad.
A gang of militants opened fire, setting twenty lorries ablaze and destroying millions of euros worth of equipment destined for alliance troops in Afghanistan.
Seven people died in the attack, the closest yet to Pakistan’s capital.
One of the drivers told reporters he overheard militants ordering that they should be shot.
In a separate incident, four NATO personnel have died after their helicopter was shot down by Taliban fighters in the Southern Afghan province of Helmand.
Their nationalities are not yet known.
Meanwhile, in villages across Kandahar, NATO troops are intensifying their foot patrols ahead of this summer’s US-led offensive aimed at rooting out militants.
Kandahar is the spiritual home of the Taliban and NATO knows that it is at grass roots level that hearts and minds will be won.