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Suspected U.S. Missile Strike Kills At Least 3 in Pakistan

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Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed at least three people along the Afghan border.

Saturday's strike in the town of Miran Shah was the second such attack in the North Waziristan tribal region this week. On Thursday, officials said two missiles hit a home reportedly belonging to Taliban sympathizers, killing at least nine people, including Arabs.

Pakistani leaders have denounced a number of suspected U.S. missile strikes against al-Qaida and Taliban militant targets in the country's northwest.

Elsewhere in the region, mourners attended funerals today for more than 30 anti-Taliban tribesmen killed during a suicide attack near the Afghan border on Friday.

Officials say members of a tribal council in the Orakzai district had gathered to create a militia (a lashkar) to fight pro-Taliban militants, when the bombing occurred.


In the nearby Bajaur tribal area, officials say four more anti-Taliban tribal elders were found beheaded today. It was the second killing of tribal elders this week in Bajaur, where the military is carrying out an offensive against al-Qaida and Taliban militants. The bodies of four other tribal elders were found on Thursday.

Officials say local tribesmen today destroyed several homes of suspected Taliban militants in Bajaur and other tribal areas, in response to the violence.

Also today, NATO says its forces in Afghanistan fired at militants in Pakistan on two separate occasions, after the militants were spotted trying to launch a rocket attack at NATO's base in Afghanistan. The Pakistani military later confirmed five militants were killed. Details, including the location of the incidents, were not released.

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