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Suicide blast kills 33 in crowded Pak market

A suicide car bomb exploded in a market close to the home of a politician in Pakistan's most populous province on Tuesday, killing 33 people and wounding 60 others.

world Updated: Dec 16, 2009 00:12 IST

A suicide car bomb exploded in a market close to the home of a politician in Pakistan's most populous province on Tuesday, killing 33 people and wounding 60 others.

The blast in the Punjabi town of Dera Ghazi Khan was the latest in a series of attacks by Taliban militants avenging an army offensive against insurgents in the northwest. More than 500 people have been killed.

The attacker detonated his explosives outside the house of the lawmaker, who was not at home at the time. Most of the dead and injured were people shopping or working at the market. It was unclear whether the bomber targeted the politician's home or the market.

The attack badly damaged the house and several nearby shops and buildings, including a mosque and bank.

As night fell, people searched through the debris for survivors trapped under the rubble.

"The whole market has collapsed," said Raza Khan, a local resident. "There is smoke and people running here and there." Rescue official Natiq Hayat said 33 people were killed and 60 wounded. Government official Hasan Iqbal said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The lawmaker whose home was hit, Zulfiqar Khosa, is a senior member of the Pakistan Muslim League-N party, which is in charge of the Punjab government but is in the opposition.