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May132011

Dozens Killed After Suicide Bombings at Pakistani Paramilitary Base

HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images(SHABQADAR, Pakistan) -- In the first terrorist attack in Pakistan since U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden there, two suicide bombers killed at least 80 paramilitary recruits and injured over 120 others outside a training center in northwest Pakistan Friday.

The suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gate of Frontier Constabulary base as recruits were boarding vans to go home, police said.

The Frontier Constabulary is a poorly-equipped paramilitary force that patrols and helps man checkpoints all over Pakistan, but mostly in the volatile northwest.

The Pakistani Taliban are calling reporters to claim credit for the attack as revenge for bin Laden’s death, although it’s not clear if that is true.  The Taliban has often targeted law enforcement personnel in the settled areas of the northwest as retribution for ongoing military campaigns against militants in the tribal areas.

Friday’s attack occurred in Charsaddah, a settled area next to the Mohmand tribal area, where the army has been fighting on and off for two years.

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