A suspected U.S. missile strike targeted two areas in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghanistan border Thursday, killing at least nine, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
Also Thursday, bombings targeting police killed 10 people and wounded 14 in Pakistan's volatile northwest and the capital – reminders of the challenge facing the country as its lawmakers pursue a national anti-terror consensus.
The alleged missile strikes appeared to be part of a surge in U.S. assaults from Afghanistan on alleged militant targets in Pakistan, which have strained ties between the two anti-terror allies.
One missile strike occurred at a house in Tappi village in North Waziristan tribal region. Some of those killed were believed to be foreigners, said two local Pakistani intelligence officials, citing reports from informants and agents.
A local tribesman, Shoaib Dawar, said Taliban militants surrounded the house.
A second alleged strike was reported at a house in the village of Dande Darpa Khel. The site was near a seminary of Taliban commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, considered an archenemy of the U.S. No casualties were immediately reported.
The intelligence officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Al-Qaida and Taliban militants have used Pakistan's tribal areas as bases from which to attack U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, spurring U.S. frustration with Pakistan. The tribal regions also are considered potential hiding places for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri.
Pakistani officials have protested that such strikes violate the nation's sovereignty. The U.S. rarely acknowledges such missile strikes.
In the bombings Thursday, one attack, an apparent suicide car bombing, occurred in a police complex in Islamabad. It wrecked an anti-terror squad building and wounded at least four police officers.