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Officials: US Drone Strike Kills 5 Militants in NW Pakistan

Pakistani officials say missiles fired from a U.S. drone aircraft have killed at least five suspected militants in the northwest tribal region near the Afghan border.

Authorities say three missiles struck a compound Monday about 25 kilometers east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, a known insurgent stronghold.

In recent months, the United States has increased missile attacks by pilot-less drones against suspected al-Qaida and Taliban hide-outs in Pakistan's northwest.

Elsewhere in the tribal region, officials said Monday that Taliban militants kidnapped and killed a pro-government tribal elder, Maulana Abdul Haleem, and dumped his body in Bajaur.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.