The blast in Dera Ghazi Khan was the latest in a series of suicide and other explosions that have killed more than 500 people in Pakistan since October

A government official says at least 10 people have been killed and 25 wounded in an explosion in central Pakistan.

The blast ripped through a market near the home of a politician in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan on Tuesday.

It was the latest in a series of suicide and other explosions that have killed more than 500 people in Pakistan since October. The bloodshed has been blamed on Islamist militants retaliating for an army offensive against the Taliban in the country’s northwest.

Punjab province Law Minister Rana Sanaullah gave the casualty tolls.

Local commissioner Hasan Iqbal said Tuesday’s explosion appeared to be a car bomb.

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