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Four Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

by AFP
Ethan Miller—AFP

Ethan Miller—AFP

Second strike in less than a week targeted militant compound in North Waziristan.

A U.S. drone strike on Monday killed at least four militants in the tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said.

The strike, which was the second in the region in less than a week, took place in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, where the Pakistani military has since June been battling militants linked to the Taliban and Al Qaeda. “A U.S. drone fired two missiles at a militant compound killing four militants,” a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity. The identities of those killed in the strike were not immediately known, he added.

Another security official confirmed the strike and details of the casualties.

North Waziristan is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal districts that border Afghanistan. It has been a hub for Al Qaeda and Taliban militants since the early 2000s. The area is generally off-limits to journalists, making it difficult to independently verify the number and identity of the dead.

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