Missile strike kills nine militants in Pakistan

At least nine militants were killed in a missile strike on their training camp in Pakistan's South Waziristan region, near the Afghan border, security officials and residents said on Wednesday.

In a separate incident, a militant faction leader was shot and killed by a gunman at his office in a mosque in a northwestern town. Militant violence has been plaguing the nuclear-armed US ally and helping to undermine investor confidence, as a crisis looms over attempts by a new coalition government to oust the unpopular President Pervez Musharraf. US forces stationed in Afghanistan have carried out several drone-launched missile attacks this year in Pakistan's border regions, known as sanctuaries for al-Qaeda and Taliban militants. Last month, al-Qaeda chemical and biological weapons expert Abu Khabab al-Masri was killed in a similar strike in South Waziristan. The latest attack took place on Tuesday night in Bhagar, about 35 km (22 miles) west of Wana, the main town in the region, they said. An intelligence official in South Waziristan, who declined to be identified, told Reuters that at least four missiles were fired from across the border hitting one of two militant training camps. Wana Reuters