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Missile strikes blamed for 9 deaths

A Pakistani police officer injured in Thursday’s bombings is brought to a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, for treatment. The bombings targeting police killed 10 people and wounded 14 in the country’s volatile northwest and the capital.

Associated Press

A Pakistani police officer injured in Thursday’s bombings is brought to a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, for treatment. The bombings targeting police killed 10 people and wounded 14 in the country’s volatile northwest and the capital.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — A suspected U.S. missile strike targeted two areas in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghanistan border on Thursday, killing at least nine people, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

Also Thursday, bombings targeting police killed 10 people and wounded 14 in Pakistan's volatile northwest and the capital — reminders of the challenge facing the country as its lawmakers pursue a national antiterror consensus.

The alleged missile strikes appeared to be part of a surge in U.S. cross-border assaults from Afghanistan on alleged militant targets in Pakistan, which have strained ties between the two antiterror allies.

One missile strike occurred at a house in Tappi village in North Waziristan tribal region. Some of those killed were believed to be foreigners, said two local Pakistani intelligence officials, citing reports from informants and agents.

A local tribesman, Shoaib Dawar, said Taliban militants surrounded the house. He said drones were heard in the area before the strike.

A second strike was reported at a house in the village of Dande Darpa Khel. The site was near a seminary of veteran Taliban commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, considered an archenemy of the United States. No casualties were immediately reported.

Missile strikes blamed for 9 deaths 10/09/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:19pm]
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