March 8th, 2010
10:33 AM ET

Taliban claims responsibility for Pakistan bombing

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) - The Taliban said Monday it was behind a suicide bombing in Lahore that killed 11 people and wounded more than 60.

Azam Tariq, spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, said the attack was in response to U.S. aggression against Muslims around the world.  "I am proud to accept the responsibility of the Lahore suicide blast," he wrote in a text message to CNN. "We will follow U.S. and its allies all over the world, even if they are in Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore, Afghanistan or in U.S."

Government officials provided the death toll from the bomb in the eastern part of the country. Many of the wounded were in critical condition, and the death toll could rise, officials said.

The blast occurred in Model Town, an affluent part of Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city. The suicide bomber targeted the Special Investigation Agency, a provincial law-enforcement agency that investigates high-value detainees. It is where suspected militants have been interrogated, said Khusro Pervez, a senior government official in Lahore.

- Journalists Nasir Dawar and Nasir Habib contributed to this report.

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