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U.S. Drone Strike Kills Three Suspected Militants In Pakistan


FILE: Islamic students gather at the site of a suspected U.S. drone strike against the Haqqani network the Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The region borders Kurram tribal district.

A suspected U.S. drone strike has hit a militant compound in Pakistan near the Afghan border, killing three militants, Pakistani intelligence officials told RFE/RL.

The unmanned drone fired two missiles at a compound of the militant Haqqani network's commander Abdur Rasheed in the Kurram tribal district early on November 30, officials said. The network is affiliated with the Taliban.

They said it's unclear if Rasheed was at the compound located on the Pesho Ghar mountain in the Kurram tribal region's Ghuzgari area. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

There was no official comment from the Pakistani government or the militants.

Pakistan opposes drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty and claims it has eradicated militant sanctuaries there. The drone strikes, however, effectively target hideouts of militants who operate on both sides of the border.

With reporting by AP

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