DEADLY suicide bomb attacks in north-west Pakistan avenging the death of Osama Bin Laden have killed 80 people. The twin blasts ripped apart the paramilitary force's training centre for the Frontier Constabulary in Shabqadar, Charsadda district.
Police say both blasts were caused by suicide attacks after early suspicions that one of the bombs was planted. It was the first major militant attack in Pakistan since bin Laden's death in a May 2 US raid and one of the deadliest to hit the country ever.
Pakistani Taliban confirmed they had carried out the horror attack to avenge the death of Osama Bin Laden earlier this month. A Taliban spokesman said: "We have done this to avenge the Abbottabad incident."
Speaking on the phone Ahsanullah Ahsan said: "It's the first revenge for the martyrdom of ... bin Laden. There will be more. "Wait for bigger attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan."
The al-Qaeda leader was killed during a US commando raid in the northern Pakistani town of Abbottabad on May 2.
Britain today condemned the attacks. Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "These attacks were cowardly and indiscriminate, killing many innocent bystanders and targeting those who serve to protect Pakistan. They prove once again that such extremist groups have no regard for the value of human life. I offer my sincere condolences, in particular to the families of those whose lives were lost and to those who were injured. The UK is committed to standing with Pakistan in the fight against violent extremism and we will continue to work with Pakistan to tackle this shared threat."
The bombings happened as newly trained cadets from the Frontier Constabulary were getting into buses for a short leave after completing their course.
Ahmad Ali, a wounded paramilitary policeman, said: "I was sitting in a van waiting for my colleagues. We were in plain clothes and we were happy we were going to see our families. I heard someone shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (God is great) and then I heard a huge blast. I was hit by something in my back shoulder. In the meantime I heard another blast and I jumped out of the van. I felt that I was injured and bleeding."
At least 65 of the dead were recruits but there were also civilian casualties. Later today, army chiefs are expected to appear in parliament to explain their actions over the death of Bin Laden. In recent years, Taliban militants have killed hundreds of people in bombings and other attacks across Pakistan.