Fifteen people have been killed as a NATO tanker carrying oil for forces in Afghanistan exploded in northwest Pakistan on Saturday.

The tanker was hit by a bomb near the town of Landi Kotal in the Khyber region, officials told Reuters.

The victims of the blast were residents, who gathered to take fuel from the tanker near Landi Kotal, said an official.

In addition, 14 more NATO oil tankers were damaged in a separate attack in Torkham area near Afghan border.

Since the NATO vehicles carrying supplies for Afghani forces travel through the crucial transport route in Pakistan, they are frequently attacked by the militants and criminals.

“The NATO tankers appeared to be hit by a remote controlled bomb,” Iqbal Khattak, an official in Torkham told local media.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, he added.