Islamabad, Dec 15: At least 18 people were killed and 20 others injured in an explosion in Central Pakistan on Tuesday, Dec 15, a government official said.
The explosion occurred in a busy market near the home of a politician in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan.
Punjab province Law Minister Rana Sanaullah gave the casualty tolls.
Local commissioner Hasan Iqbal said Tuesday's explosion appeared to be a car.
The blast has been blamed on Islamist militants retaliating for an army offensive against the Taliban in the country's northwest.