QUETTA - At least 19 oil tankers carrying fuel to the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan were set on fire in an attack in Dasht area of Mastung district, some 30 KM southeast of Quetta, on Monday. Official sources said the tankers were making queue along the main Quetta-Jacobabad national highway and waiting for the escorts to be provided by the Balochistan Levies Force and Frontier Corps for their safe destination in Quetta. Meanwhile, some armed men appeared on the scene in a car and fired gunshots in the air warning the people to leave their vehicles and then opened indiscriminate fire on the oil tankers. Consequently, all the tankers caught fire and reduced to ashes. Luckily no body was hurt in the attack. Some 19 oil tankers were completely gutted while four were partially damaged a Levies official told, adding three of the oil tankers were driven away from the blazing fire. Home and Tribal Affairs Secretary Zafarullah Baloch told newsmen that 19 oil tankers were completely gutted and a few of them could be saved. He confirmed no loss of human life occurred during the incident. When contacted, Ismail Kurd, Dasht Naib Tahsildar, said the Levies personnel rushed from a Levies station situated few kilometers away from the site and called fire fighters from Quetta. He said three fire engines reached there after an hour and tried their best to extinguish the fire, but could not do so completely. Quoting the eyewitnesses, he said that around one dozen armed persons riding a vehicle and motorcycles appeared on the make shift terminal and fired hundreds of rounds on the oil tankers. Shaji, one of the tankers drivers, told this scribe that around four people riding a white car intercepted the vehicles and fired gunshots in the air. Later, they opened fire on the tankers which caught fire immediately. Drivers and cleaners started running here and there for saving their lives but they were aware they could be attacked anytime he added. Dozens of villagers including children rushed to an oil tanker that turned turtle and started collecting oil in buckets, cans and other open utensils. So much so that a person parked his tractor and trolley carrying cans near the tanker and continued filling his cans from the leaking holes while a truck driver started filling his vehicle tank through a pipe directly from a hole of the damaged tanker. After Torkham crossing in Fata, Balochistan is the second largest route for the supplies to the Nato and the American troops fighting Taliban in Afghanistan. The two routes being used from Balochistan are Karachi-Quetta via Bolan Pass and Karachi-Quetta via Khuzdar. It was the first biggest attack on the Nato supplies in the month of August in Balochistan. Incidents of targeting Nato supplies have increased as just three days back some unknown armed men attacked and set ablaze six Nato tankers in Mastung district. However, no body has been arrested so far in connection with attacks on the Nato supplies.