Suspected US missile strikes kill 30 militants in Pakistan

July 12, 2011 07:35

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan - At least 30 militants were killed in less than 12 hours in a hail of missile strikes by suspected US drone aircraft in Pakistan's northwest region on the Afghan border, a local intelligence official said on Tuesday.

On Monday night, drones fired missiles hitting a vehicle used by militants in North Waziristan, killing six insurgents. Later more missiles were fired, killing 19 in a nearby militant compound, the official said.

The unmanned planes struck again early on Tuesday in neighboring South Waziristan region, killing at least five insurgents in a vehicle.

The United States has stepped up missile attacks by remotely-piloted drones on militant sanctuaries on the Pakistani side of the border since the killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by US forces in May.

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