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Pakistani Taliban Strike Again; Suicide Blast Kills 8

Pakistani soldiers, police officers check a police building after it was attacked by a suicide bomber in an explosives-laden pickup truck in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 25, 2011
Pakistani soldiers, police officers check a police building after it was attacked by a suicide bomber in an explosives-laden pickup truck in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 25, 2011

The Pakistani Taliban are claiming responsibility for yet another deadly attack on the country's security forces, striking a police building in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

A Taliban spokesman says Wednesday's suicide bombing is just the latest in a string of attacks to avenge the U.S. killing of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden earlier this month.  

Pakistani police say at least eight people, mostly police officers, were killed and about 30 more were wounded when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying 300 kilograms of explosives into a building housing a police unit.  

Police and witnesses say the blast flattened the facility and shook windows in nearby buildings.  Emergency workers immediately began searching for survivors, pulling them from the rubble.

Also Wednesday, Pakistan announced it relieved the commander of a naval base in the southern port city of Karachi of his duties.

Taliban militants laid siege to the base Monday, destroying two U.S.-supplied surveillance aircraft and killing 10 security personnel members.

The brazen attack brought further embarrassment to the military, which was already upset about the U.S. raid in Abbottabad that eliminated the al-Qaida leader.

The U.S. raid has also increased tensions between Washington and Islamabad.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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