SHABQADAR, Pakistan — The Pakistani Taliban is claiming responsibility for twin blasts at a Frontier Corps training center that killed at least 80 people, nearly all of them recruits. It says the attack is to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Friday's attack is the bloodiest in Pakistan since the U.S. raid that killed the al-Qaida chief on May 2.
Ahsanullah Ahsan, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, told The Associated Press in a phone call that its fighters conducted the attack on the Frontier Constabulary in Shabqadar in northwest Pakistan in retaliation for bin Laden's death.
The attack was a savage reminder of the toll militant groups are taking on Pakistan even as it faces international suspicion that elements within its security forces may have been harboring bin Laden.