Pakistani officials say U.S. drone strike kills 4

Suspected militants who were killed have yet to be identified

Published December 10, 2010 4:15PM (EST)

Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed 4 suspected militants in northwest Pakistan.

The officials say Friday's strike destroyed a vehicle in Mir Ali town in North Waziristan. The identity of those killed was not immediately known.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A car bomb exploded outside a hospital for Shiite Muslims that is under construction in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 10 people, police said.

The bomb partially damaged the hospital building in the Pass Kili area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province's Hangu district. Senior government official Khalid Khan Omarzai said several people were also wounded in the explosion.

The attack comes just a day after the start of the holy month of Muharram, which is especially important for Shiites but is often marred by bomb attacks.

Hangu is especially known for attacks by extremist Sunni militant groups aimed at Shiites. The town is effectively segregated between the Muslims of the two sects, with each having their own markets, hospitals and schools.

Earlier this week, a bomb attack in nearby Kohat town killed 15 people.

By Riaz Khan


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