Militants on pickup trucks attacked a logistics supply convoy heading to a US military base in Iraq, forcing it to stop and getting local contractors out of the vehicles before torching the trucks, local media reported.
The incident happened on the Samawah-Diwaniya highway as the convoy, operated by Iraqi citizens and carrying supplies from Basra to one of the US bases in Iraq, came under attack by unknown assailants on Saturday night.
There were no reports of casualties in the brazen attack, but at least three vehicles were completely destroyed in a raid that apparently lasted less than 10 minutes.
Videos and photos posted to social media, which purported to have captured the aftermath of the attack, showed intense flames engulfing the trucks.
“Four trucks were attacked in the Najme region between Diwaniyah and As-Samawah,” an Iraqi security source told Sputnik, adding that the attackers “asked” the drivers to get out of the vehicles before torching them and fleeing the scene.
The US-led coalition forces in Iraq often rely on local contractors to move supplies between their bases, but it was not immediately clear whose cargo, apparently including a flatbed truck carrying a Humvee and two empty fuel trucks, was destroyed.