The death toll from a suicide attack in a border region of Pakistan climbed to 102 on Saturday.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Taliban Movement of Pakistan, claimed responsibility for Friday's attack in Mohmand, a Pashtun region on the northwestern border with Afghanistan, where Pakistani forces have stepped up attacks against fighters in recent months.
Friday's attack is the deadliest Pakistan has suffered since an attack on a market in Peshawar in October last year that killed 105.
Five children, aged 5 to 10, and several women were among the dead on Friday, and the toll rose after rescuers working throughout the night found more bodies in the rubble.
"We have recovered more bodies from the debris of dozens of shops that were razed to the ground by the blast and the number of dead has increased" to 102, said Rasool Khan, assistant political agent of Mohmand.
The bomber blew himself up outside Khan's office.
Late on Friday, a TTP spokesman in Mohmand who identified himself as Ikramullah Mohmand, said anti-Taliban tribal elders from various peace committees who had come to Khan's office were the target.
A senior elder and two others were killed in the attack.
Among nearly 80 wounded were several people displaced by fighting between security forces and fighters.
The military has made progress over the past year when they pushed militants out of the Swat valley, northwest of Islamabad. In October the army began an offensive in the militants' South Waziristan bastion on the Afghan border.
The offensive was extended to Orakzai in March as many of the fighters who fled the South Waziristan operation took refuge there and in Mohmand. Hundreds of fighters have since been killed in air strikes in the two regions.
Pakistani army launched last year a massive offensive in Swat Valley, breaking the deal between Taliban and government over a Sharia administration.
Taliban gained the right to form provincial administration, implementing Shar’ia laws in Swat districts under the deal. But Taliban fighters entered neighbouring districts, including one just 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Islamabad.
Taliban says the offensive was launched by government to please U.S. who has pressured to break it. ,
Taliban says Pakistani government had no respect for any pact and They kept violating every agreement and if this goes on.
Pakistan grabed over 5 billion USD in financial assistance after military offensives on Taliban.
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