Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao, a member of the provincial assembly of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, said the training facility has been a frequent target of militant attacks “Basically, the threat is from Mohmand Agency, where militants still have pockets and are active,” he said.
“I feel that this attack is not in retaliation to the Abbottabad incident. Basically, in the last one and a half months, a new military operation has been started in Mohmand as the army is going against militants,” he said. “So this attack can be seen as a retaliation to the Mohmand operation."
Indeed, the Washington Post said a Taliban source speaking on condition of anonymity had disputed his organization's stated reason for the attack, saying it was "intended to punish the military for the Mohmand offensive, not for bin Laden’s killing."