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Deadly Bombing In Northwest Pakistan

Reports from Pakistan say as many as 24 people died in a suicide truck bombing. The AP says the explosion came in Hangu city, near the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.

AFP says it got a call from the Pakistani Taliban claiming responsibility; a spokesman said it was done to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden. He had a further warning:

"Soon you will see bigger attacks. Revenge for Osama can't be satisfied just with small attacks."

There have been other retaliatory attacks in Pakistan since U.S. Navy SEALs staged a lightning raid into Pakistan and killed bin Laden on May 2. On Monday, militants attacked a military base in a firefight that lasted for nearly a full day and left several people dead before the fight ended. Some of Pakistan's newest planes were destroyed and there's concern Pakistan can't defend its own military equipment - or its nuclear material. Bloomberg reports just yesterday, Pakistan vowed to use all of its resources to eliminate terrorist hideouts.