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US drone attack kills five in Pakistan: officials

world Updated: May 12, 2011 12:54 IST

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A US drone fired two missiles into a vehicle in Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan on Thursday, killing five suspected militants, local security officials said.

It was the third such attack reported in Pakistan's tribal badlands on the Afghan border, which Washington has dubbed the global headquarters of al-Qaeda, since US commandos killed Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani city near Islamabad.

"A US drone fired two missiles on a militants' vehicle in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan," one Pakistani security official said on condition of anonymity.

"Five militants were killed," the official added. Another local official confirmed the strike and the toll, saying: "The target was a pick-up van."