Reported US missiles hit Taliban center in Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- There's word that missiles fired from U.S. drone aircraft hit a seminary and houses in Pakistan associated with a top Taliban commander today -- killing at least nine people.

Officials and witnesses say the explosions occurred in a militant stronghold in Pakistan's northwestern wild tribal belt -- a possible hiding place for Osama bin Laden.

A Pakistani intelligence official says 12 people died, including three suspected foreign militants as well as civilians.

A U.S. military coalition spokesman in Afghanistan says he has no information that he can release, but did not deny coalition involvement.

Reports vary on casualties. The intelligence official says three suspected foreign militants, two local men, four women and three children were killed.

A Taliban militant, who said he was at the scene, said 20 people died.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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