DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) - Two suspected militant hide-outs near the Afghan border have been destroyed in a Pakistani air strike.
Intelligence officials say six men believed to be associates of a top local Taliban leader were killed.
It was not possible to independently confirm the strikes or casualty figures in the remote area, where access for journalists is restricted.
The Taliban leader is accused of killing Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. He's also been linked to launching dozens of bomb and suicide attacks against security forces and civilians in the country.
The United States' special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, arrived in Pakistan late yesterday and was to meet with the country's leaders and top generals. He'll also to meet with citizens from areas in Pakistan's volatile northwest before traveling on to Afghanistan.