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Drone Attacks Kill More Than 24 In Pakistan's Khyber

Pakistani security officials say three separate U.S. missile attacks today killed at least 24 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber region near the Afghan border.

A drone attack in the same area on December 16 killed another seven. Convoys carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan pass through Khyber.

Pakistani intelligence officials said today's strikes targeted senior commanders of a Taliban-affiliated group, Lashkar-e-Islam, which has a strong presence in Khyber.

The United States has widened drone attacks in Pakistan this year but almost all of them have been in the North Waziristan tribal region along the Afghan border where Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants are known to be hiding.

compiled from agency reports