Death toll in US drone strike in Pakistan rises to 45

By REUTERS
July 12, 2011 15:50

 
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MIRANSHAH, Pakistan - At least 45 suspected militants were killed by missiles launched by US drone aircraft in Pakistan's northwest, local intelligence officials said on Tuesday, one of the largest death tolls to date in the controversial air bombing campaign.

The attacks started on Monday night, when remotely piloted drones fired nine missiles into a militant compound and at a vehicle in North Waziristan, killing 25 suspected insurgents, local intelligence officials said.

Another strike hours later in South Waziristan killed five suspected militants.

Then on Tuesday morning, a drone fired two missiles at another compound in North Waziristan.

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