Taliban suicide bombers killed 80 people today, mostly young soldiers, at a paramilitary academy in northwest Pakistan. 140 more soldiers were injured in the blasts.
The Taliban already took credit for the attacks.
The Herald Sun reported:
THE Pakistani Taliban boasted it had taken its “first revenge” for the killing of Osama bin Laden, with the massacre of 80 people in a double suicide bombing at a paramilitary police training centre.
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The group threatened bigger attacks to come, in a statement shortly after the explosions targeting newly trained recruits about to go home on leave in northwestern Pakistan’s Charsadda district, close to the border with Afghanistan.
“This was the first revenge for Osama’s martyrdom. Wait for bigger attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP.
The attack came with Pakistan’s military and civilian leadership plunged into crisis over the killing of bin Laden by US commandos.
The explosions detonated today as newly trained cadets, wearing civilian clothes, were getting into buses for a 10-day leave after their course, police said.