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Revenge attack in Pak kills 24

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombs in Quetta on Wednesday that killed at least 24 people, saying they were to avenge the arrests of al Qaeda operatives.

world Updated: Sep 08, 2011 01:59 IST

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombs in Quetta on Wednesday that killed at least 24 people, saying they were to avenge the arrests of al Qaeda operatives.

Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP that the two bombs, which also wounded 82 people, were "to avenge the arrest of our mujahedin brothers by Pakistani security forces in Quetta recently".

Asked whether he was referring to the arrests, announced on Monday, of Younis al-Mauritani - believed to be a senior al Qaeda leader who had planned attacks abroad - and two others, he said "Yes."

"We will launch a bigger attack in future," Ehsan said.

The twin suicide bombs targeted paramilitary force, the Frontier Corps which was responsible for the capture of the al Qaeda operatives.

One attacker detonated his bomb-laden car outside the residence of the deputy chief of the Frontier Corps in Quetta city, before a second attacker blew himself up inside the house.