South Asia

Pakistan drone attacks 'kill five militants'

US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, file image
Image caption Drones have killed hundreds of people in 2010

At least five suspected militants have been killed in a drone strike in the troubled Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan, officials say.

The attack took place in Datta Khel town, about 25km (15 miles) west of the tribal region's main town of Miranshah.

Three missiles targeted a compound being used by militants and killed the five men, intelligence officials said.

The area is a haven for al-Qaeda and the Taliban. More than 100 raids were reported in the area last year.

The US does not routinely confirm that it has launched drone operations, but analysts say only American forces have the capacity to deploy such aircraft in the region.

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