Strike Kills at Least 9 in Pakistan Militant Stronghold

US missiles thought to have hit both terrorists and children
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 8, 2008 7:54 AM CDT
Pakistani security officials and local residents gather at the site of Saturday's suicide bombing in the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)
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(Newser) – Explosions reportedly caused by missiles fired from drone aircraft hit a house and seminary linked to a key Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan today, killing at least nine people, officials and witnesses said. The blasts took place in a militant stronghold in Pakistan's wild tribal belt, a possible hiding place for Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri.

An intelligence official said the dead included three suspected foreign militants and two children. The attack appeared to be part of a stepped-up US campaign against militant havens in Pakistan's tribal areas. The targets were linked to Jalaluddin Haqqani, a veteran of the 1980s jihad against Soviet troops in Afghanistan, whom American commanders consider among their most dangerous foes.