US drone strike kills six suspected militants in northwest Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A US drone strike killed six suspected militants in northwestern Pakistan, security officials said on Friday, as al-Qaida said two members of the group had been killed in a strike.
Two missiles struck a house in Mada Khel village of the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border on Thursday night, said a security official based in the area.
Six people were killed and three wounded, he said, citing intercepts of Taliban conversations.
Local and foreign militants were among the casualties, he added.
Two al-Qaida men were killed in a drone strike, said al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) spokesman Usama Mahmoud, but it was not immediately clear if they were killed in Thursday night's strike or a previous strike.
Mahmoud identified the two on Twitter on Thursday as Dr. Sarbaland, also called Abu Khalid, and Major Sheikh Adil Abdul Qadus, a former Pakistani army major who owned the home where top al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was arrested.
Sarbaland's two young sons were also killed, Mahmoud said, according to a translation of the message provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi communications.
Both men were Pakistani nationals who belonged to AQIS, a new franchise of the militant group announced in September.
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