Pakistan state TV: Missiles kill at least 20

Strike, near the Afghan border, destroys house of suspected militant leader.

Pakistan 224 88 AP (photo credit: AP)
Pakistan 224 88 AP
(photo credit: AP)
At least 20 people were killed in a missile strike near the Afghan border on Sunday, state-run Pakistan Television said. The strike destroyed the house of a suspected militant leader, according to a local tribesman. Seven missiles were fired in the strike in the tribal area of South Waziristan, the television report said. The report did not indicate where the missiles came from, but US-led coalition forces based in neighboring Afghanistan have launched attacks inside the Pakistani border in the past. Pakistan has been battling Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida and the Taliban in its regions bordering Afghanistan. The US considers the country's effort vital to the war on terrorism. The missiles were fired by an unmanned drone, local tribesman, Rahim Khan, told The Associated Press. At least two hit and destroyed the home of a local militant leader and Taliban sympathizer who goes by the single name Noorullah, Khan said.