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article image‘Pakistan Talibans’ kill 80 in suicide bombing

By Joseph Zulu     May 13, 2011 in Politics
Islamabad - Eighty people were killed by two suicide bombers outside a Paramilitary training centre Pakistan’s Northwest making it the first attack since the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
The Washington Post reported that the massive explosions targeted new recruits for Pakistan’s Frontier Constabulary in Charsadda district, some kilometers from the capital, Islamabad.
They were part of more than 800 recruits made up of men from Pakistan’s border regions had graduated from their one year course after being trained by U.S special forces.
It was reported the incident happened after the recruits had finished morning prayer and had just boarded a bus to take them home.
A home grown of the afghan militant, Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombings.
“This was the first revenge for Osama’s martyrdom. Wait for bigger attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan is quoted as having said by the Washington Post.
Bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in the military-dominated city of Abbottabad.
Officials however said it was unlikely that the attack was linked to the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
A bomber on foot is alleged to have approached the bus resulting in the recruits pouring out of the bus into the streets where a bomber on a motorcycle then detonated more bombs.
It was found that 69 recruits and 11 civilians were killed according to a government official, Bashir Ahmed Bilour.
The area outside training center gate was littered with broken glass, body parts, bloodstains and single shoes after the bombing.
According to Europaplus.TV, the suicide bomber attacked members of the Frontier Constabulary at Shabqadar Fort in the town of Charsadda, said Liaqat Khan, the police chief in nearby Peshawar.
The Telegraph also reported that the Killings were carried out by two suicide bombers.
Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the attacks as cowardly and indiscriminate.
According to a recruit who was also present during the attack, Ahmad Ali, some shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ before a huge blast was heard.
Pakistan has been accused of hiding Bin Laden after the raid but officials there say no country has paid a higher price for tackling Islamic threat, with more than 30,000 people killed since Sept 11 2001.
The killing has forced Pakistan's senior military officer, General Khalid Shameem Wynne, airman of the joint chiefs of staff, to cancel a scheduled trip to the U.S.
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