Suicide bombers attacked a Pakistani paramilitary academy today killing 80 people in revenge for the death of Osama Bin Laden.
The attack comes as Pakistani anger over the U.S. raid to get the Al Qaeda leader showed no sign of abating.
U.S. special forces flew in from Afghanistan to find and kill Bin Laden at his hideout in a northern Pakistani town – about three hours’ away from the scene of the bombing – on May 2.
Pakistan officials welcomed the killing of Bin Laden as a major step against militancy but was outraged by the secret U.S. raid that got him, saying it was a violation of its sovereignty.
Drenched in blood, a man grimaces in pain as he is carried to a hospital in Peshawar after the suicide bombings which killed 80 people in Charsadda
Bin Laden’s followers have vowed revenge for his death and the Pakistani Taliban said the attack by two suicide bombers on a paramilitary academy in the north-western town of Charsadda was their first taste of vengeance.
‘We have done this to avenge the Abbottabad incident,’ said Ahsanullah Ahsan, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban. He warned that the group was also planning attacks on Americans living inside Pakistan.
The attackers struck as the recruits were going on leave and 65 of them were among the 80 dead.
Pools of blood strewn with soldiers caps and shoes lay on the road outside the academy as the wounded, looking dazed with parts of their clothes ripped away by shrapnel, were loaded into trucks.