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- Monday, May 28, 2012 - From Print Edition


MIRANSHAH: A US drone attack early Monday killed at least five militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said.


The attack took place in Hassokhel town, 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan. It was the third such attack in the last four days in North Waziristan. “The US drones targeting a militant compound and a vehicle fired four missiles killing five rebels,” a security official said.


The compound came under attack for a second time after some 20 minutes, with US drones firing four more missiles, he said. The exact number of drones that took part in the attack was not immediately known, he added.


Another security official confirmed the attack and casualties, saying the “identities of those killed in the attack are not known but the area was known for harbouring Uzbek, Arab and other foreign militants”.