Suspected US missiles killed 12 people in a Pakistani tribal region filled with Islamist insurgents bent on pushing Western troops out of neighboring Afghanistan, intelligence officials said.
Elsewhere in the country, gunmen targeted non-ethnic Baluchis traveling on a bus and painting a house in two attacks in southwestern Baluchistan province Saturday, killing 16 people and wounding eight.
The airstrike late Saturday in Issori village of North Waziristan was the first such attack since intense floods hit Pakistan in late July. The US has tried to improve its public image in Pakistan by sending flood aid, but the missile strike showed Washington was not willing to stop using a tactic that has fed its unpopularity.
The two intelligence officials who confirmed the strike spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media. They said at least two of those killed in the house hit by missiles were suspected militants, but they did not know the identities of the others.