A reputed Taliban spokesman told media outlets by telephone that the bomb in Ghalanai was meant for leaders of the Utmankhel tribe who were meeting with government officials to discuss plans to restore peace to the region, the Pakistani newspaper DAWN reported Saturday.
The death toll from the blast stood at 104 Saturday after an all-night rescue effort to free survivors from the rubble. Another 120 people were injured. Casualties among the tribal leaders were not reported.
Investigators said the bombing appeared to be a two-pronged attack. A man on a motorcycle set off one bomb as he tried to ride into the building where the meeting was taking place. It was followed moments later by a larger bomb concealed in a mini-truck.