Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ban Ki-Moon "horrified" by the suicide bombing of Madran

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Thursday's suicide attack carried out by a child 12 years in a barracks in the north-western Pakistan.
At least 31 soldiers were killed Thursday morning in Madran in north-west, following a suicide bombing by a young teenager in a barracks.
The powerful blast, which killed some twenty casualties occurred on the parade ground of the garrison city of Mardan during morning inspection of young recruits.
The carrier of the bomb was wearing a school uniform, police said. Taliban a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack to Agence France-Presse shortly after the explosion.
The Taliban claimed responsibility
"We claim with pride the attack in Mardan, told AFP Thursday Azam Tariq, spokesperson of the Movement of Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
"We will continue to conduct such attacks on those who protect Americans, and we will carry us to avenge the firing of missiles from drones and military operations in tribal areas until these operations will cease," continued Azam Tariq.
In Islamabad, the reactions were not immediate. "Attacks of such cowardice can affect the morale of the security services nor the determination of the nation to eradicate terrorism," said for his part, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
In New York, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was "horrified" by the fact that the Taliban used a child to commit the bombing.
The attack against the Pakistani military opens a new round of fighting between Islamist guerrillas and the government of Pakistan has recently conducted a series of offensives against the Taliban in the region.
The north-west Pakistan is suffering for several years to a deadly wave of terrorist attacks carried out by Taliban movement prevailing in the tribal areas that border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The United States, which occupy Afghanistan for nearly a decade, have long called for military action in Islamabad major tribal provinces in north-western Pakistan. These mountainous regions bordering Afghanistan border serve as a base for Taliban guerrillas fighting in Afghanistan.
The Taliban Movement of Pakistan (TTP) has primary responsibility for a wave of nearly 450 attacks, which killed more than 4,000 dead in Pakistan three and a half years.

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