Tehrik-e-Taliban carried out Sunday's bombing, the deadliest since the new Pakistani government took power in March. The suicide attack came two days after the militants freed the Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan, Tariq Azizuddin.
The attack occurred in the town of Mardan, 37 miles north of Peshewar, the capital of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), which is considered a haven for militants with links to the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
A Taliban spokesman said that Tehrik-e-Taliban (Pakistan Taliban Movement) carried out the bombing in revenge for a suspected United States missile strike on a rebel camp in Pakistan's tribal belt last week, reports Agence France-Presse.
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