Britain condemns 'cowardly' Pakistan attack

13th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain on Thursday condemned a "cowardly" double suicide bombing at a paramilitary police training centre in Pakistan which Taliban militants said was to avenge Osama bin Laden's death.

Foreign Secretary William Hague also pledged support for Islamabad after the blasts in Shabqadar, northwest Pakistan, which killed at least 80 people and injured 140.

"These attacks were cowardly and indiscriminate, killing many innocent bystanders and targeting those who serve to protect Pakistan," British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement.

"They prove once again that such extremist groups have no regard for the value of human life."

Hague added: "The UK is committed to standing with Pakistan in the fight against violent extremism and we will continue to work with Pakistan to tackle this shared threat."

A Pakistani Taliban spokesman said the attack was the "first revenge for Osama's martyrdom", referring to the killing of the Al-Qaeda leader in a raid by US commandos on May 2.

Relations between Islamabad and its western allies have been strained after it emerged bin Laden managed to live for five years under the noses of the Pakistani military in the garrison town of Abbottabad.

© 2011 AFP

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