Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S.
missile strike in northwest Pakistan has killed at least eight people.
Officials say two vehicles were destroyed today and all eight occupants killed by missiles
believed to be fired from a U.S. drone (remote-controlled unmanned aircraft)
in the South Waziristan tribal region, near the border with Afghanistan.
Officials say at least one of the vehicles was firing an anti-aircraft gun at
the drone before the strike.
The region is considered a stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaida militants. There
have been more than 30 missile strikes in recent months targeting alleged
militants in northwest Pakistan. Washington has refused to confirm or deny
The Pakistani government has publicly condemned the air strikes, saying they
undermine its counter-terrorism efforts.
The top U.S. military commander, Admiral Mike Mullen, arrived in Islamabad
today (Monday) for talks with Pakistani officials.