Taliban Revenge Bombing Kills 80 in Pakistan

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Pakistan officials say the death toll from the twin suicide bombing of a paramilitary training center in the northwest has risen to 80.
Pakistan’s Taliban says it carried out Friday’s attack as revenge for the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

The militant group said the blasts were the “first revenge” for the killing of bin Laden.

Pakistan authorities say nearly all the people killed Friday at the Frontier Constabulary training center in the Shabaqadar area of Charsadda district were newly trained cadets.   Dozens of people were also wounded.

Officials say the attack happened as the cadets were boarding vehicles to go home for a short break.

Bin Laden was killed last week in a U.S. military raid in the northern Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad.

The attack Friday on the training center came one day after officials said a U.S. drone strike killed at least seven suspected militants in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan near the Afghan border.

It was the third suspected U.S. drone strike since bin Laden’s death.

Pakistani officials have called for an end to the drone strikes, which they say violate the country’s sovereignty.  U.S. officials have never publicly acknowledged the use of drones against militants inside Pakistan, but have privately confirmed their existence to various media outlets.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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