68 killed, over 80 injured in twin suicide blasts in Pakistan   2011-05-13 09:51:06 FeedbackPrintRSS

People transfer an injured man to a hospital in northwest Pakistan's Peshawar, May 13, 2011. (Xinhua/Umar Qayyum)

ISLAMABAD, May 13 (Xinhua) -- At least 68 people were killed and over 80 others injured in a powerful twin suicide blast that took place early Friday morning at a military training center in Charsadda, a city some 30 kilometers northeast of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan, local media quoted the top official of the police department in the city as saying.

According to Nisar Khan, District Police Officer of Charsadda, the blasts have so far killed 68 people and injured some 80 others and the death toll could further rise due to the lack of adequate medical facilities in the local hospital.

Some of the injured people have to be shifted to the hospital in the neighboring city of Peshawar, said the report.

According to local media reports, the attack took place at about 6:10 a.m.local time when a motorcycle and a horse cart both laden with explosives attacked a Frontier Corps training center in the Shabqadar area of the city.

It is not known at this point how many kgs of explosives have been used in the attacks, said local police.

The blasts took place at the main gate of the training center when FC personnel were on their way back after morning exercises.

So far at least seven FC personnel have been confirmed killed in the blasts. Some of the killed also include civilians as the military training center is located nearby a market, said local media reports, adding that over 15 shops and a lot of vehicles were also destroyed in the blasts.

Police have cordoned off the area shortly after the blasts were reported. Journalists are kept away from the blast site. Local media reports quoted eyewitnesses as saying that ambulances were heard rushing towards the site.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack yet.

Friday morning's terrorist attack is the most serious one of its kind in Pakistan since the killing of the al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden by the U.S.special task forces in Pakistan's northwestern city of Abbottabad on May 2. Both al-Qaida and Pakistan Taliban have vowed to avenge the death of bin Laden by threatening to launch attacks in Pakistan as well as in other places of the world. 


Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility of twin attacks

ISLAMABAD, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Taliban Friday claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks on a training center of security forces in the country's northwest, which according to officials killed 68 security personnel, more than 10 civilians and injured over 100 others.

Geo TV reported that a Taliban spokesman called media outlets and claimed responsibility for the attacks on the main training center of Frontier Constabulary (FC), a paramilitary force to maintain security in the country. Full story

Taliban mean it, more attacks could follow in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Following the killing of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. special task forces in Pakistan's northwestern city Abbottabad earlier this month, both al-Qaida and Pakistan Taliban have vowed to avenge the death of their common leader by threatening to launch attacks in Pakistan and the United States as well as in the other places of the world.

Partially due to the tightened security measures taken by many countries following the death of bin Laden and partially due to the lack of time for preparation, no major retaliatory actions have been taken by al-Qaida and Pakistan Taliban for a roughly two- week time though some minor terrorist attacks did occur time and again in Pakistan and a few terrorist attempts were foiled in other parts of the world. Full story

Pakistani PM says attacks can not deter anti-terror war

ISLAMABAD, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Friday condemned bomb attacks on security personnel in the country's northwest and said "such cowardly acts could not undermine the war against these elements."

Officials said that death toll in twin attacks on the training center of Frontier Forces (FC) in the town of Shabqadar reached 70 and 100 more were injured. Full story

Editor: Zhang Xiang

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