More than 40 killed in U.S. drone strikes on Taliban Stronghold

At least 43 people have died in missile strikes by a US drone aircraft in a militant stronghold of Pakistan, a Taliban spokesman has told the BBC.

The people killed in South Waziristan had been attending the funeral of a militant commander who had been killed in an earlier strike.

The attack came as the Pakistani army prepared a new offensive in the area.

South Waziristan is the main stronghold of the Taliban leader in Pakistan, Baitullah Mehsud.

A Mehsud spokesman told the BBC that 43 people, including five militants, had been killed in the missile strikes. He said that many more had been injured, some seriously.