The Taliban claimed responsibility Tuesday for the deadly suicide bombing at the UN food agency's heavily fortified compound in Islamabad, saying international relief work in Pakistan was not in "the interest of Muslims."
The attack, which killed five workers for the World Food Program on Monday, pushed the UN to temporarily close its offices in the country
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the Taliban carried out the bombing to avenge the August 5 slaying of their leader, Baitullah Mehsud, in a US drone attack and that the country "should expect a few more" attacks.
Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq confirmed his group was behind the bombing and lashed out at foreign aid workers.
"We proudly claim responsibility for the suicide attack at the UN office in Islamabad. We will send more bombers for such attacks," he told The Associated Press by telephone from an undisclosed location. "The UN and other foreign [aid workers] are not working in the interest of Muslims. We are watching their activities. They are infidels."