U.S. Missile Attacks Kill Six in Pakistan Near Afghan Border

By Ishtiaq Mahsud | April 13, 2011 | 5:38 AM EDT

Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan (AP) - Two U.S. missile strikes minutes apart killed at least six suspected militants near the Afghan border on Wednesday, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The strikes targeted a vehicle and a motorcycle in the forested Bhangar area of South Waziristan where insurgents have their hideouts, said the officials. They spoke on condition on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media on record.

The exact identities of the dead were not immediately clear and the officials said their agents were trying to get more details.

Such strikes are carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency, though Washington rarely acknowledges its role.

Pakistan officially protests the strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty and deepen anti-U.S. sentiment in the country. Pakistani government officials were not immediately available for comment.

The latest attack came days after Pakistan's spy chief Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha met with his U.S. counterpart in the United States to discuss how to improve cooperation and coordination in the war on terror.

Washington considers its relationship with Pakistan key to bringing stability to Afghanistan, and the CIA has worked with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency in a bid to arrest Taliban and al-Qaida militants.

Pakistan has not released any details of Pasha's visit.