Taliban on Friday claimed deadly bombings that killed 70 people, calling it the first revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden and threatened bigger attacks to come.
“This was the first revenge for Osama’s martyrdom. Wait for bigger attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.
Seventy people were killed when a suicide and bomb attack targeted Pakistani paramilitary police as they were about to be bussed home on leave from a Frontier Constabulary training centre in the Shabqadar Tehsil of Charsadda police said.
“Seventy people have been killed,” the police chief of the northwestern Charsadda district, Nisar Khan Marwat, told AFP.”Sixty-five of them are from the paramilitary police. Five dead bodies of civilians were taken to Shabqadar hosiptal,” he added.
The explosions detonated as newly trained cadets were getting into buses and coaches for a 10-day leave after their course, and they were wearing civilian clothes, said the police chief of the northwestern Charsadda district.
“The first bomb was a suicide attack. We are investigating the nature of the second bomb,” he added.
Jahanzeb Khan, another senior police officer, also said more than 50 people including dozens of paramilitary personnel were killed.
Initial reports suggest that between 8-10kg of explosives were used in the attacks.
Police officials say that upto 12 cars have also been destroyed in the explosions.