ISLAMABAD - A suicide bomber attacked a bakery in Pakistan's northwest yesterday, killing 18 people, and another bomb in the volatile region left six others dead. The attacks were the latest in a wave of bloodshed to hit Pakistan since the U.S. raid that killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Also yesterday, a Pakistani security official said authorities are nearly certain that a recent U.S. missile strike killed al Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri.

The suicide bomber struck the bakery in a neighborhood were army personnel live in the town of Nowshera, police said. At least two soldiers were among the dead.

The blast caused some gas cylinders in the bakery to explode, leading to a fire that left many of the 40 wounded in serious condition. Earlier in the day, a bomb exploded at a bus stop in the Matani area of the northwest, killing six people.