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Imran Khan Arrival for Charsadda Jalsa
UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on Executive Director Anthony Lake's visit to flood-stricken areas of Pakistan.
BY SAMUEL JOSEPH
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Eighty are dead and scores more are wounded at a Pakistan military facility on Friday after the biggest suicide bombing of the year.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack- saying the bombings were revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden. CNN gives the rundown.
STAN GRANT: “This here is the military training facility that was the target for this attack. Now, two suicide bombers on the backs of motorcycles came in here in the early hours of the morning, detonating those explosives. They have targeted military recruits that have been training here for the past nine months. They had finished their training and they were about to leave when this attack happened.”l
Twelve vehicles were destroyed in the blast and two hospitals have been filled with wounded so far. Al Jazeera talks with witnesses to the attack.
SAQATULLAH: “I heard a deafening explosion and something pierced my belly. It’s really painful."
BILAL KHAN: “I was going home on leave. As soon as I got out of the FC fort’s gate, a blast occurred just twenty feet away from me and I fell unconscious on the ground. After that, I don’t know how I got here.”
But it might not be so simple as revenge. A correspondent for Sky News notes the attack was much too carefully planned to have occurred so quickly after bin Laden’s death, and the group likely just wants to appear to be more organized.
IFTIKHAR FIRDOUS: “Because they think, you know, public relations is extremely important. And I think they wanted to also give an impression.”
Finally- ABC notes the region has been hit several times by attacks just like this one.
NICK SCHIFRIN: “The fact is they have attacked this area before. Over those mountains right there there’s a war going on between the Taliban and the Pakistani army. And this area has been so affected. There’s killings. There’s kidnappings...”
The Taliban has vowed further attacks in retaliation of bin Laden’s death.
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Pakistan,June 14:Jihadis in Pakistan continue tapping into zakat,the surplus wealth to charity,and other Koranic tax revenues to wage jihad.In Charsadda town in Pakistan,militants belonging to different jihadi organizations forcibly collect wheat from the locals in the name of zakat and ushr.It is used to buy arms and ammunition.And,it goes beyond the imposition of religious/protection taxes. Pakistan Taliban's finances come from a variety of sources ranging from timber trade,precious stone, mining and others.And this is happening under the nose of Pakistan's administration.Observers believe that finances at the disposal of Taliban will enable them to sustain jihadi activities in Pakistan and outside the country.