31 Dec 2008

Pakistan closes Khyber Pass

4:05 pm on 31 December 2008

Officials in Pakistan say all traffic on the key Khyber Pass road, leading to Afghanistan, has been suspended so that the armed forces can secure it against militants.

The chief official of the Khyber Tribal Area says the paramilitary frontier corps, along with the Pakistani army, have begun an operation to force out militants and criminal elements from the area in northwestern Pakistan.

The closure of the road means a halt to supplies being transported through the pass to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

In recent weeks, many trucks loaded with military supplies have been attacked by militants linked to the Taliban, both on the road and in the main regional city, Peshawar.