Nepal's Maoist rebels have accepted responsibility for Monday's attack on a crowded bus that killed at least 36 people and have apologized for the loss of civilian life.
In an e-mail statement today, the rebel leader known as Prachanda called the bombing "a serious mistake," saying it was intended for government soldiers. He said the rebels involved in the attack have been suspended from the group.
Earlier the rebels expressed surprise at being blamed for the attack and said they were conducting a "serious investigation" into the incident.
The army has blamed the Maoists for planting the land mine that blew up under the bus. Military officials described the blast that also wounded 72 others as one of the worst attacks against civilians since the insurgency began nearly ten years ago.