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Suspected drone strike kills five in Pakistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The five are suspected militants, officials say
  • The U.S. is the only country in the region known to launch missiles from drones

(CNN) -- A suspected U.S. drone strike killed five people in Pakistan's volatile tribal region Thursday, intelligence officials said.

The five are suspected militants, officials said.

Intelligence officials said the drone fired two missiles at a militant hideout in the Data Khel area of North Waziristan, one of the seven districts bordering Afghanistan. The two officials asked not to be named because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Thursday's drone strike was the 83rd this year, compared with 52 in all of 2009, according to a CNN count.

The United States is the only country in the region known to have the ability to launch missiles from drones, which are controlled remotely.

U.S. officials normally do not comment on suspected drone strikes.

Journalist Nasir Dawar contributed to this report

 
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