Missiles kill six in Pakistan tribal area

July 29, 2008 - 0:0

PESHAWAR (AFP) -- At least six people including suspected militants were killed early Monday when missiles fired from Afghanistan hit a house in a Pakistani tribal area, officials said.

Three missiles struck a house next to a mosque in Azam Warsak village in the restive tribal district of South Waziristan, a senior security official told AFP.
""Six people are dead and three others injured after three missile hit a house in Azam Warsak,"" he said.
""The dead included three suspected foreign militants and three young boys,"" he said.
The official said it was not immediately clear if missiles were launched by Taleban militants in Afghanistan or coalition forces fighting them.
Residents said the house where the missiles struck belonged to local tribesman Malik Salat and that suspected pro-Taleban militants used to stay there.
Several villagers said they heard jets approaching from Afghanistan before the strike.
Pakistan has protested over a wave of missile strikes attributed to U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan in recent months which have killed local people.
The latest killings took place hours before the scheduled talks between U.S. President George W. Bush and Pakistani premier Yousuf Raza Gilani at the White House.
Bush said ahead of the talks that he was ""troubled"" by the movement of extremists from Pakistan to Afghanistan and would discuss the threat with Gilani, who is making his first White House visit since taking office in March.
Some see Gilani's fledgling democratic government as powerless to act against the Taleban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants. The Taleban regrouped inside Pakistan after they were removed from power by the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.