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Osama's revenge: Twin bombings in Pak kill 73, 100 hurt

Last updated on: May 13, 2011 10:57 IST

Osama's revenge: Twin bombings in Pak kill 73, 100 hurt

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Two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a paramilitary force's training facility in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing 73 people and injuring over 100 in the first major terrorist attack since Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was gunned down by the United States forces last week.

Taliban said they carried out bombing to avenge bin Laden's death, reports the BBC.

The first bomber, who was on foot, detonated his explosive vest near the main gate of the Frontier Corps training centre at Shabqadar, 35 km from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa capital Peshawar. A large number of recruits who had completed their training were leaving for home at the time of the blast.

The second bomber, who was on a motorcycle, struck about eight minutes later as security personnel were removing the dead and injured from the spot.

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Image: A hospital worker carries a man who was injured in a bomb attack at a paramilitary force academy in Charsadda
Photographs: K Parvez/Reuters
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A total of 73 people, a majority of them Frontier Constabulary personnel, were killed, a police official was quoted as saying by state-run PTV. Over 100 injured people were taken to hospitals in Shabqadar and Peshawar, officials said.

Police officials said they feared the death toll could rise. The condition of 20 injured was described by officials as serious.

The recruits had recently completed their year-long training and passed out during a parade held on May 5, officials said. They were going home on leave when the bombers struck.


Image: A man who is injured in a suicide bomb in Charsadda is carried out from a vehicle after being brought to Lady Reading hospital in Peshawar
Photographs: K Parvez/Reuters
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