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May 11, 2011

Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 5 in Pakistan

Pakistani officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed at least five suspected militants in the country's northwest tribal region near the Afghan border.

The officials said missiles struck a vehicle Thursday in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan. Some officials put the death toll as high as eight and said those killed included foreign militants.

It was the third suspected U.S. strike since Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. military raid in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. On Tuesday, Pakistani officials said a drone attack killed at least three suspected militants in South Waziristan.  

Pakistani officials have called for an end to the strikes, which they say violate the country's sovereignty. U.S. officials have never publicly acknowledged the use of drone strikes against militants inside Pakistan, but have privately confirmed their existence to various media outlets.

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