The northwest region of Pakistan was rocked by two separate bomb attacks on Sunday, killing at least 24 people, police said.

The attacks came after reported death of al Qaeda operative Ilyas Kashmiri in a U.S. drone missile strike in the ethnic Pashtun tribal region of South Waziristan on the Afghan border, Reuters reported.

Police said that 18 people were killed when a bomb exploded at a bakery in the cantonment area of Nowshera city. We have confirmed 18 dead, Turk Ali Shah, a police spokesman in Nowshera, told Reuters. He said that 35 people were also wounded in the blast.

According to Zakaullah Khan, the city's top government official, the death is likely to increase as many wounded were in critical condition.

A few hours earlier, another bomb blast at a bus stop on the outskirts of Peshawar, capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, killed six people, police told Reuters.