Officials: US Drone Strike Kills Five Militants in NW Pakistan
Pakistani officials say missiles fired from a U.S. drone aircraft have killed at least 5 suspected militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan region near the Afghan border.

Authorities say 3 missiles struck a compound Monday about 25 km (15 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, known as a hotbed of Taliban and al Qaeda militants.

In recent months, the U.S. has increased missile attacks by pilot-less drones against suspected al-Qaida and Taliban hide-outs in Pakistan's northwest.

Somewhere else in the tribal region, officials said Monday that Taliban militants kidnapped and killed a pro-government tribal elder, Maulana Abdul Haleem, and dumped his body in Bajaur region on the Afghan border.

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