Wrecked vans give a glimpse of the destruction after suicide bombings Friday in Pakistan.
On Friday, a pair of suicide bombings killed more than 80 Frontier Corps trainees who were celebrating at a graduation party in Shabqadar in northwestern Pakistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks as a form of retaliation for the death of Osama bin Laden, but that link was questioned by Pakistani police officials later in the day. —KA
The Taliban said the vicious double suicide bombing in Shabqadar, a trading town on the edge of the tribal belt in Charsadda district in north-western Pakistan, claimed the first part of the blood price they had promised to extract for the American killing of Bin Laden on 2 May. It was conducted with ruthless efficiency.
Abid Khan, 24, cowered in his sweetshop when he heard the first blast and then, eight minutes later, a second. Rushing to the scene, he found some 200 trainee soldiers strewn on the road among mangled vans and a pile of bags.
“It was very bad,” he said in slow, precise English. “Some people had no hand. Some people had no foot. Some heads were far away [from] the people.” He repeated himself. “It was very bad.”