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Published: Monday, 8/20/2012

10 die in U.S. drone strike in Pakistan

ASSOCIATED PRESS

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- American drones fired a flurry of missiles in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan Sunday, killing a total of 10 suspected militants, Pakistani officials said.

In the first strike, missiles fired from unmanned American spy planes hit two vehicles near the Afghan border, killing at least seven militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The strike occurred in the Mana area of North Waziristan, the officials added.

The officials say the area is dominated by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a commander whose forces often strike U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but they did not know whether his men were the targets of Sundays' strike.

About 10 hours later on Sunday, two missiles destroyed a home also in the Mana area, killing three militants, the officials said. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

North Waziristan is one of the last tribal areas in northwestern Pakistan.



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