Nine people – five of them militants – have reportedly been killed in a suspected US missile attack in northwestern Pakistan.
Pakistani officials said the target was a compound used by the Taliban in South Waziristan near the Afghan border.
It is believed at least four missiles were fired at the building, in the village of Sarorogha, by two pilotless US drone aircraft.
“We have reports of at least five militants killed in the missile attack,” said an intelligence spokesman. The same figure was given by the Taliban.
However, another intelligence official put the death toll at as high as 20, saying one of the missiles also hit a vehicle carrying militants.
The attack comes after Pakistan’s military chiefs asked for more hardware to help them fight the Taliban.