MIR ALI, Pakistan – Pakistani officials say a local Taliban commander and two foreign militants were among the nine people killed by suspected U.S. missiles a day earlier near the Afghan border.
Two intelligence officials identified the slain insurgent leader only as Mustafa. They said Monday he was linked to Sadiq Noor, a key Taliban figure in North Waziristan, where the missiles hit Sunday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak, raised the death toll from six the previous day.
The foreign fighters' nationalities were unclear. Pakistan's lawless border region is a magnet for jihadis seeking to fight NATO forces in Afghanistan or train for terrorist attacks.
The U.S. has launched more than 100 missile strikes this year, a sharp increase.