The al-Qaida-tied Pakistani Taliban vowed to avenge bin Laden's death after a team of U.S. Navy SEALs killed him the in the garrison city of Abbottabad May 2nd. Though the U.S. acted unilaterally to kill Osama bin Laden, the Taliban's attacks since then have targeted Pakistani security authorities.
A Taliban militant plowed through the gate of a Peshawar police station with an explosive-filled car Wednesday, killing at least five policemen and one soldier. Late Sunday night, six militants attacked a Pakistani naval air force base in Karachi, killing 10 people and wounding 20 others. Earlier this month, the Taliban carried out dual suicide bombings against a paramilitary academy in northwest Pakistan, killing 80 people.
But the Taliban says getting revenge for bin Laden isn't the only reason for the attacks.
"We will continue attacks on security forces until an Islamic system is implemented in Pakistan, because the Pakistani system is un-Islamic," Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanhullah Ehsan told Reuters. Ehsan added Wednesday's attack was also carried out to avenge bin Laden's death.
The Taliban did attack a U.S. consular vehicle in Peshawar on May 20th. Two U.S. consulate officials were injured when a bomb planted in a car parked on the roadside was detonated. Though the consulate was moving several vehicles at the time, only one was hit by the blast.
It is the first attack in Pakistan against U.S. interests since bin Laden's death.
Ehsan confirmed that the attack was meant to target foreigners and vowed more revenge attacks against foreigners, specifically diplomats from NATO countries, in the coming days.