Pakistani militants cut off key NATO supply line to Afghanistan
The attack highlights the need for alternative routes.
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Reuters reports that US Central Command chief David Petraeus said last month that NATO had reached an agreement to transport supplies into northern Afghanistan through Russia and Central Asia, but would not provide specifics. Probable routes would bring supplies through Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Fighting has been focused on the Swat Valley, where Al Jazeera reports that more than 20,000 people have fled their homes due to fighting.
Wajid Ali Khan, a provincial minister, has said "the fighting in the valley has made it almost impossible for civilians to stay there".
Government forces and other state employees are bearing the brunt of many attacks by Fazlullah loyalists, Kamal Hyder, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Pakistan, said.
The decapitated bodies of policemen - complete with notes warning the authorities of further such attacks - have become a common sight on streets in Swat, Hyder said.
The Pakistani military says it killed 35 Taliban-allied militants in overnight fighting on Monday, according to the BBC. Local residents say more than 40 civilians were killed in the crossfire between government forces and insurgents.
The New York Times reports that he is the first Westerner targeted in the city in recent memory. Baluchistan is home to several separatist groups with no history of attacks on foreign targets, but the province also has a small Taliban presence. While the identity of Solecki's abductors is so far unclear, they are believed to be Taliban.