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Suspected U.S. drone strike kills 16 in Pakistan

Pakistani politician Imran Khan addresses a peace rally against drone strikes in Tank, Pakistan, on Sunday.

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  • The attack targeted a militant's compound, officials say
  • The officials say the militant is affiliated with the Haqqani network
  • The U.S. carries out drone strikes in Pakistan but generally does not comment
A suspected U.S. drone strike killed 16 people and wounded six Thursday in one of Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal regions, two officials said.
The attack, which included four missiles, targeted a compound on the border of Orakzai Agency and North Waziristan, a local government official and a military official said.
The compound belonged to Maulvi Shakirullah, a militant affiliated with the Haqqani network, the officials said.
The network is widely viewed to be fueling the insurgency in Afghanistan
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Pakistan's Geo TV, a CNN affiliate, also reported that the drone "fired four missiles at a madrasa," or seminary, run by Shakirullah.
A previous drone strike in the Orakzai agency in 2009 killed 11 suspected militants from a faction of the Pakistani Taliban.
The United States carries out drone strikes in Pakistan aimed at dismantling terror operations, but generally does not comment on them.