A suicide car bomber has killed at least eight Pakistani paramilitary troops in a region near the Afghan border that has been a target in a surge of suspected U.S. missile strikes, the Associated Press reported.
The bomber rammed his vehicle into a checkpoint near the main gate of the Zalai Fort, exploding it as Frontier Corps troops gathered nearby, said Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, the Pakistan army's top spokesman. Four people were wounded, he said.
The fort is 12 miles ( 20 kilometers) outside Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, a tribal region considered a hub for al-Qaida and Taliban fighters involved in attacks on U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
South Waziristan was the site of one of two alleged U.S. missiles attacks Friday that killed 29 people, including several suspected foreign militants, intelligence officials said.