US missile strike kills eight militants
PAKISTAN: A US drone aircraft fired two missiles into an al Qaeda and
Taliban hideout in northwest Pakistan on the Afghan border on Sunday,
killing eight militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
The identity of the militants killed in the Lowari Mandi area of the
North Waziristan tribal region was not known.
The United States has stepped up attempts to kill leading militants
in North Waziristan since a suicide bombing at a fortified U.S. base
across the border in the Afghan province of Khost killed seven CIA
employees last December. "Fire is still raging in the targeted
compound," resident Abdul Akbar said by telephone. Authorities said they
had found the bodies of three tribesmen believed to have been shot dead
by militants on suspicion of spying for the United States. .