U.S. missile strike kills 5 in Pakistan

At least five Taliban militants were killed on Friday in a suspected U.S. missile strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan, intelligence officials and a local resident said.

At least five Taliban militants were killed on Friday in a suspected U.S. missile strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan, intelligence officials and a local resident said.

Two intelligence officials told The Associated Press that the missile hit a house in Gariwam village.

One resident said he heard a loud bang and that Taliban in the area are saying five colleagues are dead.

Over the past year, the U.S. has launched dozens of missile strikes in North and South Waziristan. Both are considered strongholds for the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

U.S. officials will not comment on the strikes. Although Pakistan's government protests the strikes as violation of the country's sovereignty, many observers believe the government either co-operates with the U.S. or turns a blind eye to the attacks.

Meanwhile, at least one person was killed when two oil tankers headed for NATO forces in Afghanistan were damaged in two bomb blasts in northwest Pakistan.

One of the bombs hit a tanker in the Jamrud area of the Khyber tribal region and spread to a grocery store, killing a grocer, a local government official told The Associated Press. 

Another bomb damaged a tanker in the Landi Kotal area of Khyber. The Khyber Pass is a major transit route for fuel and supplies headed to U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Militants have routinely attacked vehicles along the pass.


With files from The Associated Press