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Drone strike kills 5 suspected militants in Pakistan

From Nasir Habib, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Officials: A suspected U.S. drone fired five missiles at a militant hideout
  • The drone strike is the 84th so far this year, compared to 52 last year

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region on Monday killed five suspected militants, intelligence officials told CNN.

Two Pakistani intelligence officials said a drone fired five missiles at a militant hideout in the area of Mir Ali in North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The officials asked not to be named because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Based on a count by CNN's Islamabad bureau, Monday's drone strike was the 84th this year, compared to 52 drone strikes in all of 2009.

Journalist Nasir Dawar contributed to this report.

 
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