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Drone strike in Pakistan kills 5 suspected militants

From Aamir Iqbal for CNN
updated 1:37 PM EDT, Mon September 24, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A local government official says the attack occurred in North Waziristan
  • Two missiles are fired at a militant compound, says Siraj Ahmed
  • North Waziristan is widely believed to be the headquarters of the Haqqani network

Peshawar, Pakistan (CNN) -- Five suspected militants were killed Monday in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, a local government official told CNN.

Siraj Ahmed said the drone fired two missiles at a militant compound near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan, a district in Pakistan's mostly ungoverned tribal region along the Afghanistan border.

North Waziristan is widely believed to be the headquarters of the Haqqani network -- a militant group Washington has long accused of fueling some of the deadliest attacks against NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Monday's drone strike was the 35th in Pakistan this year, according to a count by CNN.

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