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'US drone' kills four in Pakistan border area

US drone
Image caption There have been frequent drone attacks in Pakistan's border area

A US missile strike has killed four suspected militants in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistani officials say.

They said the missile, fired by an unmanned drone, had destroyed a house near Miranshah in North Waziristan.

The house had been used by the group of regional Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a security official told the BBC.

He said two more militants had been injured in the attack.

The US does not generally confirm missile attacks by drones.

Frequent attacks

North Waziristan has seen frequent US drone raids targeting al-Qaeda and Taliban insurgents blamed for attacks in Afghanistan.

Pakistani officials have told the BBC that the US have carried out at least 70 such raids since January.

Pakistan publicly criticises the attacks, saying they fuel support for militants. But observers say the authorities privately condone the strikes.

In one high-profile attack last August, Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed.