Taliban Deny Responsibility for Peshawar Cantt Explosions, Accuse “Foreign Agencies”

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Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on Sunday rejected blame for twin bomb explosions that tore through a packed market in Peshawar on Saturday night, killing at least 39 persons and wounding dozens. The bombings, one of the most devastating in the country following the US raid that killed Bin Laden on May 2, hit the Khyber Super Market area which is home to student accommodation and shops. The Taliban denied their role in the attack, saying they only target the military and government and blamed foreign secret agencies which, according to them, carried out the attack to “malign” the Taliban.