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13 May 2011 - Media release

INTERPOL condemns suicide terror attack in Pakistan

MINSK, Belarus - INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has condemned in the strongest terms bomb attacks on a paramilitary force academy in north-west Pakistan which killed 80 people. The Pakistani Taliban said they carried out the attack to avenge the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Speaking from Minsk where he is meeting with senior Interior Ministry officials on law enforcement co-operation against terrorism, Secretary General Noble described the blasts at Pakistan's Shabqadar training centre for the Frontier Constabulary as 'senseless and cowardly'.

"On behalf of the international law enforcement community, INTERPOL condemns these murderous bombings in the strongest terms and extends its condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of these bombings," said Secretary General Noble.

"Today's terrorist attack is a dual reminder: first, that the Taliban remain committed to supporting Al-Qaida in executing deadly terrorist attacks. And second, that Pakistan, its authorities and citizens remain the far too frequent targets and victims of terrorism," added the Head of INTERPOL.

Police said both blasts were caused by suicide attacks and that at least 65 of the dead were recruits, but there were also civilian casualties.