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Taliban suicide attack kills 80

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 01:44

May 13 - Taliban suicide bombers kill at least 80 people in Pakistan in revenge for the killing of Osama bin Laden. Travis Brecher reports.

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This is a demonstration of the Taliban's anger. After the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the Taliban vowed revenge. And on Friday, they killed at least 80 people at a Pakistani paramilitary academy. Among the dead were 65 recruits - all killed while getting into buses for a short leave after completing their course. The victims were being trained to fight militants, including the Taliban. One local resident describes what happened. (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) LOCAL RESIDENT ASLAM KHAN, SAYING: "Just as we were diving for cover into a shop there was another blast. Then there was chaos. We tried to gather up the dead and the injured; it was just too horrible. Then the forces arrived and started the rescue work." Pakistan's Taliban - who are close allies of Al Qaeda - are fighting to bring down the country's government and impose their vision of Islamist rule. Their militant campaign began in 2007, after security forces cleared gunmen from a radical mosque in the capital and killed more than 100 people. The bomb attack is a grim reminder of the threat Pakistan faces - especially after the killing of bin Laden. But the chances of security cooperation between the United States and Pakistan appear to have been dented by the U.S. raid in Abbotabad. The United States did not inform Pakistan of the operation by U.S. Special Forces, and the discovery of bin Laden so close to the capital has sparked suspicions of Pakistani double dealing. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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Taliban suicide attack kills 80

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 01:44