Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed at least nine people in a village near the Afghan border.

Two officials said the strike hit a house in the North Waziristan tribal region before dawn on Friday. There was no immediate word on the identity of the victims.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

North Waziristan is a stronghold of Taliban and Al Qaeda militants suspected of mounting attacks on U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

It is part of the lawless Pakistani tribal belt where U.S. officials suspect that Usama bin Laden and Al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri are hiding.