At least 21 people were killed and dozens wounded when a Taliban suicide bomber on a motorbike crashed through the main gates of a government office in the northwest Pakistan town of Mardan, officials said. “It was a suicide bomber riding on a motorbike,” Feisal Shahzad, district police chief said, placing the number of dead at 21 and wounded at 63. The explosion ripped through the front entrance of a regional branch of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), which is responsible for issuing ID cards. Eye witness Nasir Khan, who received a shrapnel injury to his right leg, said: “I was standing in the queue waiting for my turn as I had gone to renew my identity card when I heard someone shouting Allahu Akbar (God is greatest) and then I fell to the ground.” He continued: “The air was filled with smoke and dust and I could not see anything. When the dust settled and I stood up, it looked as though someone had butchered the people in the line, there was only blood and human flesh in the row where people were previously standing.” Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the hardline Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistan Taliban) claimed responsibility for the attack. “This office was attacked because it is an important institution of the infidel state of Pakistan,” he said, vowing to carry out further attacks.