Official: Al-Qaida militant targeted in Pakistan

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DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- An intelligence official says top Pakistani militant leader Ilyas Kashmiri was believed to have been the target of an American missile strike that killed nine militants close to the Afghan border.

The official said Saturday that he did not know whether Kashmiri was among those killed.

He did not give his name because his agency does not allow their operatives to be named.

A local militant commander, Baitullah, said Kashmiri was not present in the compound in South Waziristan that was hit late Friday.

Kashmiri is close to al-Qaida and has been linked to bloody attacks in Pakistan and India.

Verifying who has been killed in the drone strikes is difficult, and often initial reports turn out to be wrong.