US drone strike 'kills eight militants' in Pakistan

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A missile attack by an unmanned US drone aircraft in north-west Pakistan has killed at least eight suspected militants, Pakistani officials say.

One report said that the missiles struck a vehicle in the volatile South Waziristan tribal region, close to the Afghan border.

Drone attacks frequently target Pakistan's restive tribal areas, where many insurgents have taken refuge.

Pakistan has previously complained that such attacks violate its sovereignty.

The US does not normally comment on drone operations, which have killed hundreds of people in recent years.

The dead include senior al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders, as well as an unknown number of other militants and civilians.

The frequency of the attacks has increased since President Barack Obama took office in 2008. More than 100 raids were reported in the area in 2010, and more than 60 took place last year.

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