Pakistani officials say a suspected missile strike by a U.S.
drone aircraft has killed up to 10 militants in a tribal region near the Afghan
The attack late Tuesday in North Waziristan followed a similar strike a day earlier that killed five people in the same region.
U.S. unmanned aircraft are believed to have fired more than 40 missiles at suspected al-Qaida and Taliban strongholds in northwest Pakistan in recent months. American officials rarely discuss the missile strikes, which Pakistan has publicly criticized (as counterproductive and a violation of its sovereignty).
Meanwhile, the Pakistani military says its forces killed 24 militants during an operation in the Khyber region targeting the Taliban-affiliated group Lashkar-e-Islam.
The offensive was launched last week following a suicide bombing at a border checkpoint that killed at least 21 people, most of them police.