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US Drone Missile Strike kills 6 Militants North Waziristan

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A US drone strike targeting a militant compound killed six rebels in North Waziristan near the Afghan border on Tuesday, security officials said.

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The strike took place in Miranshah Bazaar, part of the town of Miranshah, in the troubled North Waziristan region, known as a strong bastion of Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants.

โ€œAt least six militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles on a rebel compound in the bazaar,โ€ a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

He said thick smoke was seen coming out of the compound after the strike, adding the identities of those killed could not be immediately verified.

Another security official also confirmed the strike and rise in the death toll, given as three earlier.

Covert CIA drones are the chief US weapon against Taliban and al Qaeda militants who use Pakistanโ€™s tribal areas as launch pads for attacking US troops in Afghanistan and plotting attacks on the West.

Under President Barack Obama, the United States has drastically stepped up drone strikes in Pakistan but it refuses to discuss them publicly. The strikes have boosted anti-US sentiments in the country.

More than 60 US drone strikes have been reported in Pakistan so far this year, and dozens since Navy SEALs killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the garrison city of Abbottabad, close to the capital Islamabad, on May 2.

The raid humiliated Pakistan but is thought to have contributed to debate within the military about the merits of traditional support for militant groups.

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