Suicide bombers kill 80 to avenge bin Laden

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HABQADAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A pair of Taliban suicide bombers attacked
paramilitary police recruits eagerly heading home for a break after months of
training, killing 80 people this morning in the first act of retaliation for the
US raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

In claiming responsibility, the al-Qaida linked militant group cited anger at
Pakistan's military for failing to stop the American incursion on their soil.

The blasts in the northwest were a reminder of the savagery of Islamist
insurgents in Pakistan.

Tensions have also risen between the US and Islamabad over allegations that some
elements of Pakistani security forces had been harboring bin Laden, who died in
a May 2 raid in Abbottabad, a garrison town about three hours' drive from the
scene of the bombing.

"We have done this to avenge the Abbottabad incident," Ahsanullah Ahsan, a
spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, told The Associated Press in a phone call.

He warned that the group was also planning attacks on Americans living inside

The bombers blew themselves up in Shabqadar at the main gate of the facility for
the Frontier Constabulary, a poorly equipped but front-line force in the battle
against al-Qaida and allied Islamist groups like the Pakistani Taliban close to
the Afghan border. Like other branches of Pakistan's security forces, it has
received US funding to try to sharpen its skills.

At least 80 people were killed, including 66 recruits, and around 120 people
were wounded, said police officer Liaqat Ali Khan.

Unruly Gang member nabbed at hospital
The Police have reported that they captured Jeremy Stewart, who they say is one
of the most wanted criminals of the St. Catherine South Police Division.

According to the police, Stewart, who is said to be a member of the
Portmore-based Unruly Gang, was held this morning while attempting to receive
medical treatment at a hospital.

The police revealed he was accosted before he could escape.
Stewart remains in hospital this afternoon under police guard.
Detectives from the St. Catherine South Police Division yesterday said they
wanted to question the alleged gang member in relation to several shootings in
the Washington Mews community and other areas of Portmore.
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