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U.S. strikes in Pakistan kill 4, officials say

ISLAMABAD — Suspected U.S. missiles killed four people in Pakistan's insurgent-dominated northwest Saturday, officials said.

The strike is the latest in an escalating campaign targeting Taliban-linked militants near the Afghan border.

Two intelligence officials said the missiles struck two houses Saturday in the village of Hurmaz in North Waziristan. A military official also confirmed the information. All three spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

It was not clear who the four dead people were. North Waziristan is largely controlled by militants who launch attacks against NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

Pakistani airstrikes killed nine suspected insurgents Saturday in another tribal region near the Afghan border, an official said, bringing the total killed in a military offensive there to more than 100 this week. The fighting occurred in Orakzai, a tribal region where many Pakistani Taliban militants are believed to have fled to avoid an earlier army offensive in their main stronghold farther south.

U.S. strikes in Pakistan kill 4, officials say 03/27/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 27, 2010 10:41pm]
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