US drone kills three suspected militants in Pakistan

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A U.S. drone fired a pair of missiles at a house in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region near the Afghan border today, killing three suspected militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The strike hit Mubarak Shahi village in the North Waziristan tribal area, the main sanctuary for al-Qaida and Taliban militants in Pakistan, said the intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The exact identities of the suspected militants were unclear. The area is dominated by prominent local militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, who has focused his fight against Afghan and foreign troops across the border in Afghanistan.

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