DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — A suspected U.S. missile strike killed three people late Saturday in a town near the Afghan border, the latest in a series of attacks in a region where top al-Qaida leaders are believed to be living, two intelligence officials said.
Two unmanned drones were seen above Miran Shah in North Waziristan minutes before missiles hit a factory in the town, they said, based on reports from townspeople.
They said three people were killed, but no other information was immediately available. They spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. U.S. officials were not immediately available for comment.
Al-Qaida and Taliban fighters have established bases throughout Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal regions, where they are said to plan attacks on U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan as well as violence in Pakistan.
Under U.S. pressure, Pakistan has carried out military offensives against insurgents while also trying to woo various tribes to turn against extremists. But in recent weeks, the United States has signaled its impatience with Pakistani efforts.
The United States is suspected in at least 11 missile strikes on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border since mid August, killing more than 100 people, most of them alleged militants, according to an Associated Press count based on Pakistan intelligence numbers.
The United States rarely confirms or denies the attacks, which provoke anger among many Pakistanis.
Pakistan's military and civilian leaders have criticized the strikes as violations of their country's sovereignty.
Also Saturday, mourners buried victims of a suicide bombing near the border that targeted anti-Taliban tribesmen who were moving to evict militants from their region.