A powerful car bomb exploded in a bazar in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least three people and wounding 24 others, police said.
Senior police officer Abdur Razzak Cheema said the attack took place when a vehicle carrying security forces was passing through a bazar in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province.
The dead included a paramilitary soldier and two civilians, he said.
"Fortunately, many shops in the bazar were yet to open when the bomb exploded, otherwise it could have caused a big tragedy," he said.
No one immediately claimed responsibility and authorities said they were still investigating to determine who was behind the attack. Baluchistan is Pakistan's largest province and it has been the scene of low-scale insurgency for the past several years.