Explosions kill 70 in NW Pakistan
PAKISTAN: At least 70 people have been killed and 80 others injured
in twin blasts at a military training center in Pakistan’s northwestern
city of Charsadda. The explosions took place at about 6:10 a.m. local
time Friday morning at the Frontier Constabulary training site, AFP
reported. “Seventy people have been killed,” said the police chief of
the northwestern Charsadda district, Nisar Khan Marwat.
“Sixty-five of them are from the paramilitary police. Five dead
bodies of civilians were taken to Shabqadar hospital,” the police chief
The death toll is still expected to rise since the injured are
reported to be in critical condition and medical items at the city’s
hospital are in short supply.
Marwat said the attacks occurred when newly-trained cadets, wearing
civilian clothes, were getting into buses to go on a 10-day leave after
the end of their training course.
This is the bloodiest attack since May 2, when al-Qaeda leader Osama
bin Laden was allegedly killed by US special forces in Abbottabad. No
one has claimed responsibility for the assault.
However, the Taliban has vowed to avenge the death of bin Laden by
attacking government buildings as well as official figures. Pakistani
authorities say they will review anti-militancy cooperation with the US
as the “unauthorized” attack on an alleged bin Laden compound has
spawned severe criticisms from Pakistani people.
More than 4,300 people have been killed in bomb attacks across
Pakistan in the past four years since government forces raided a Taliban
mosque in Islamabad in 2007. Press TV