Pakistani and U.S. officials say an American missile strike near the Afghan border has killed an al-Qaida-linked Pakistani militant commander.
Two Pakistani intelligence officials said Saturday the commander, Haleem Ullah, was among three militants killed in a U.S. missile strike in South Waziristan on Friday.
A U.S. official says Ullah served as deputy to Maulvi Nazir, a Pakistani who leads a group of militants in the tribal region that is closely allied with al-Qaida.
He says the group works with al-Qaida commanders to direct cross-border operations against the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
The officials spoke on anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media on record.
Associated Press writer Matt Apuzzo in Washington contributed to this report.
(This version CORRECTS that Nazir is Pakistani).)