Suspected US missile strike reported in Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- Intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has been reported in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border.

There was no immediate word on casualties.

The two local Pakistani intelligence officials said the strike occurred Thursday in Tappi village in North Waziristan, a region considered a stronghold for al-Qaida and Taliban militants.

The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.

The U.S. is suspected in a surge of recent missile strikes in Pakistani territory. Pakistan, a U.S. ally in the war on terror, has protested such strikes as violations of its sovereignty.

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