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First U.S. Drone Strike In Pakistan This Year Kills Four

Officials say at least four militants were killed on June 11 in this year's first U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's northwest tribal district.

The officials said the missiles hit a vehicle and a compound in Dargah Mandi village in North Waziristan, west of the main town of Miranshah in an area considered a stronghold for the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network.

According to the officials, initial information suggested that all those killed were Uzbek militants.

The strike came as Pakistani Taliban confirmed that Uzbek militants had been deployed in an attack of the Karachi airport late on June 8 that left at least 37 people dead, including the 10 attackers.

The last drone attack on Pakistani soil occurred on December 25, 2013, killing three suspected militants. According to media reports the strikes had been temporarily halted at the Pakistani government's request.

Based on reporting by AFP and

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