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US drone strike kills 21 in North Waziristan

10 August, 2011

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MIRANSHAH: A US drone fired two missiles into Pakistan`s North Waziristan tribal region on the Afghan border on Wednesday, killing at least 21 suspected militants, including foreigners, local officials said, in one of the biggest attacks in weeks.

The drone targeted a house in Kharwani, 3 km (2 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town of the region known to be a hotbed of Taliban and al Qaeda militants.

"The dead included local Taliban as well as some Arabs and Uzbek nationals," one intelligence official in North Waziristan said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

It was not immediately known if any high-profile militants were among the dead. Militants often dispute official account of such strikes.

Initial reports said three militants were killed in the attack but officials said the toll had gone up to 21 after more bodies were found from the rubble of the house.

The suspected militants killed in missiles attack had contact with Haqqani network.

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