80 killed in twin Taliban blasts in NW Pakistan

11:49, May 14, 2011      

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People transfer an injured man to a hospital in northwest Pakistan's Peshawar, May 13, 2011. At least 80 people were killed and dozens injured in a twin suicide blast that took place early Friday morning at a military training center in Charsadda, a city some 30 kilometers northeast of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan. (Xinhua/Umar Qayyum)

Two Pakistani Taliban bombers Friday struck a training center of security forces in the country' s northwest and killed 80 people and wounded over 100 others, a provincial minister said.

Taliban said the deadliest attacks were the first to avenge the death of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden who was killed by United States forces in the Pakistani city of Abbotabad on May 2.

The bomber struck the center of Frontier Constabulary (FC) at the town of Shabqadar, 35 kilometers from Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province and killed 69 militia recruits, who had completed one-year training and were ready to assume duties including anti-terror mission. They were about to go home on a 10-day leaves.

Senior Provincial Minister Bashir Bilour confirmed that 80 people, mostly security men, were killed and around 115 others were injured.

The first bomber, riding on a motorcycle, detonated his explosive vest near the main gate of the roadside Frontier Constabulary training center. The second bomber, who too was on a motorcycle, struck about eight minutes later as security personnel were removing the dead and injured from the scene, witnesses and police said.

Frontier Constabulary commandant Akbar Hoti told reporters that precautions taken by his force had limited casualties.

"We were taking precautions, such as sending the personnel on leave in batches of 15. More casualties were caused by the second blast," Hoti told reporters.

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Source: Xinhua
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