Mosque bombing: Pak Taliban claim responsibility

The suicide attack on a mosque in Pakistan’s Khyber Agency had killed over 50 people.

Last Updated: Aug 21, 2011, 12:12 PM IST

Peshawar: The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility for a devastating suicide attack on a mosque in Pakistan’s Khyber Agency that killed over 50 people.

In a statement, TTP spokesman Muhammad Talha said that the blast was carried out in retaliation to local resistance against the militants, a newspaper reported.

The blast was directed against the Kukikhel tribe, whose members had recently killed two militants in Jamrud teshil of Khyber Agency.

Talha claimed that the tribesmen had also destroyed three Taliban hideouts in the area.

A teenage suicide bomber had blown himself up at Jamia Masjid in Jamrud area after the Friday prayers, killing over 50 people and injuring over 120.

A tribal elder in Jamrud area said that Taliban fighters had come to the mosque over a week ago to recruit new members.