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US drone attack in Pakistan kills five

A suspected US missile strike near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan on Saturday killed at least five people, an intelligence official said.

world Updated: May 09, 2009 15:32 IST

A suspected US missile strike near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan on Saturday killed at least five people, an intelligence official said.

Missiles believed to have been fired from US-operated pilotless aircraft targeted an abandoned government school in the Sararogha area of the South Waziristan tribal district.

The building was allegedly being used by local Taliban militants as a training facility.

"According to preliminary figures, five people have been killed and around a dozen more injured," the official said on condition of anonymity.

The official said identities of the dead could not be confirmed immediately.

South Waziristan is considered a sanctuary of Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, and is also home to top Pakistani militant commander Baitullah Mehsud.

Mehsud has been blamed for a series of attacks throughout the country, including the December 2007 gun-and-bomb attack in the garrison town of Rawalpindi which killed former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

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