80 Killed in Pakistan Blasts

Taliban attacks are retaliation for Osama bin Laden's killing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2011 2:42 AM CDT
An injured man is rushed to a hospital after suicide bomb attacks on a paramilitary training center in northwestern Pakistan today.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Umar Qayyum)
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(Newser) – At least 80 people were killed in twin blasts at a paramilitary training center in northwestern Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying they were carried out to avenge the death of Osama Bin Laden, reports the BBC. Suicide bombers struck as recruits were climbing aboard buses for trips home during a break at the end of their training. "I was sitting in a van waiting for my colleagues. We were happy we were going to see our families," said a wounded recruit. "I heard someone shouting 'Allahu Akbar,' and then I heard a huge blast. I was hit by something in my back shoulder." The paramilitary group, the Frontier Constabulary, is a frontline force often deployed against militants, including the Taliban.

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