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Attacks that have continued across Pakistani towns and cities are being blamed on Tehreek...
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Attacks that have continued across Pakistani towns and cities are being blamed on Tehreek e-Taliban, Pakistan's Taliban. However, the group has issued its first video statement denying involvement in targeting civilians and has blamed external forces for at least two recent blasts. Azam Tariq, a spokesman of the Tehreek e-Taliban, posted the video statement on YouTube on Monday. The message refers to a bombing at the Islamic University in Islamabad, which the spokesman said was orchestrated to prepare the ground for a military operation in South Waziristan, a stronghold for Pakistan's Taliban fighters. He also said his group had no role in the bomb blast in a Peshawar market that killed at least 100 people as well as an attack in Charsada, a town located in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. Tariq said Taliban attacks never aimed to target civilians, but that the explosions were linked to Blackwater activities in the country. Blackwater is a private military and security company founded in the United States. Propaganda war Kamal Hyder, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Islamabad, said: