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In Pakistan, Five Dead In Suspected U.S. Drone Strike

Reports say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed five people in northwestern Pakistan, near the Afghan border.

Pakistani intelligence officials said missiles were fired early on October 10 at a house near Mir Ali town in North Waziristan.

The area is home to the Taliban and other Al-Qaeda-linked groups.

Attacks by unmanned U.S. aircraft are unpopular among Pakistan's anti-Western, religious political parties, but American officials say they believe the attacks are an important tool to counter anti-U.S. militants.

Many operatives and leaders of extremist Islamic groups have been killed in such strikes.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP