Suicide Attack Kills at Least 82 Soldiers in Pakistan

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A Pakistani policeman collects evidence at the site of a suicide and bomb attack outside the main training center of Frontier Constabulary (FC) in Shabqadar town, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of Peshawar. Pakistan's Taliban on May 13 claimed their first major strike in revenge for Osama bin Laden's death as at least 70 people were killed in a suicide and bomb attack on paramilitary police. It was the deadliest attack in the nuclear-armed Muslim country this year and came with Pakistan's military and civilian leadership plunged into crisis over the killing of the Al-Qaeda chief by US commandos on May 2. AFP PHOTO/A. MAJEED (Photo credit should read A. MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: AFP/2011 AFP

The Pakistan Taliban has taken responsibility for a suicide attack this morning at a military facility in northwest Pakistan that, as of now, has killed 82 paramilitary soldiers, claiming that it was retaliation for the death of Osama bin Laden. But Pakistani officials are dubious — they believe the bombing was carried out by a Taliban splinter group and has more to do with the country's ongoing campaign against radical militants. Indeed, the Pakistani military would be a strange target for retaliation over the Al Qaeda leader's death, since they had nothing to do with the raid that killed him, and might have even tried to shelter him. Whatever the cause, the brutal attack is a reminder that while some in Pakistan may be sympathetic to Al Qaeda, the country is also embroiled in its own war against terror as well.

Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 80 in Pakistan [NYT]