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Sources: Drone strike kills 4 in Pakistan

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Suspected U.S. drone strikes militant hideout in North Waziristan, sources say
  • Four suspected militants killed from five-missile strike, according to sources
  • U.S. practice of drone strikes may radicalize Pakistanis, Pervez Musharraf says
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Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A suspected U.S. drone fired five missiles at a militant hideout in North Waziristan, killing four suspected militants, two Pakistani intelligence officials told CNN Saturday.

The attack in the village of Mohamad Khel in the area of Data Khel came soon after former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday criticized the reported U.S. use of unmanned aircraft against militants in Pakistan, saying the "indiscriminate use of the drones... is having a negative impact in the public because of the collateral damage."

Musharraf said the attacks could be radicalizing Pakistanis and referred to Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American charged with the failed Times Square bombing. "I wonder whether this Faisal Shahzad incident... has he been affected by indiscriminate bombing by the drones," he told CNN.

Such attacks are not unusual. Last week, at least 24 suspected militants were killed in two drone strikes in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, Pakistani officials said.

Based on a CNN count, there have been at least 34 drone strikes this year, including the most recent one. All of the drone strikes have targeted North Waziristan or its border with South Waziristan.

The officials asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

The U.S. military routinely offers no comment on reported drone attacks. However, it is the only country operating in the region known to have the ability to launch missiles from drones, which are controlled remotely.

Journalist Nasir Dawar contributed to this report.

 
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