Officials report US missile strike in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Officials say six suspected militants have been killed in an American missile attack on a village deep inside Pakistani territory.

It may be the first time the U.S. has struck beyond Pakistan's tribal belt bordering Afghanistan. Intelligence officials say militants have begun moving farther away from the border to avoid missile strikes.

After today's strike, a large Islamist political party warns it will block two major supply routes for U.S and NATO forces unless the attacks end.

Pakistan has protested the attacks as violations of its sovereignty and international law. The U.S. strikes have continued, leading to speculation that the two nations have a secret deal.

Also today, gunmen shot and killed a retired Pakistani army general who had led military operations against militants in the tribal regions.

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

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