Following the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in Pakistan, the Taliban has struck back with the first set of twin bombings in Charsadda, Pakistan.
At least 80 people were killed in the suicide bombings.
"We have done this to avenge the Abbottabad incident," the Pakistani Taliban told Associated Press. They are also claiming that more killings will occur, targeting Americans in Pakistan.
Most of the people killed were men waiting to be recruited into the Frontier Constabulary paramilitary force of Pakistan, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Frontier Constabulary is a security force in the northwestern regions of the country and while the new recruits stood outside of a bus stop, a motorcyclist drove into the crowd and set off a bomb strapped to himself or his vehicle.
Another explosion erupted soon after. The two attacks injured more than 70 people.
According to CNN, the new recruits had recently finished a training session that lasted about 9 months.
The Pakistani Taliban have openly sworn revenge against the U.S. for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
"Pakistani and the U.S. forces should be ready for more attacks. Osama was our great leader and the killers of Osama will have to pay its price," Ihsan Ullah Ihsan, a spokesman for the terrorist group, told the news source.
Ihsan also said that the Pakistani government was responsible for leaking information concerning Osama's whereabouts to the U.S. – thus prompting the suicide bombings now against Pakistan.
Osama bin Laden orchestrated the 9/11 attacks on U.S. soil in 2001, and has been hunted by the CIA and U.S. forces ever since. He was found in Abbottabad and killed on May 2, prompting celebrations in the U.S. in major cities such as Washington D.C. and New York.