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Officials: U.S. Drone Kills Eight In Northwest Pakistan

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone has killed at least eight militant suspects in the country's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.

Two officials say that the strike on September 24 hit a compound and a vehicle at a small market in the town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan.

Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal areas on the Afghan border have for years been a hideout for Islamist militants -- including Al-Qaeda and the homegrown Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) -- as well as foreign fighters such as Uzbeks and Uyghurs.

The Pakistani military launched an operation against the area's militants in June.

The army says it's killed over 1,000 militants but such claims are difficult to verify independently in the remote region.

With additional reporting by AP and AFP