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9 Suspected Militants Killed In Pakistan

Pakistani security officials said Sunday that at least nine militants were killed overnight by a U.S. drone strike and a separate Pakistan military action in the country's north.

According to the officials missile strikes by unmanned aircraft hit two men traveling on a motorcycle through a village in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan late Saturday. Their identities were not immediately clear, but some local officials said they were from Turkmenistan.

Several nearby buildings were damaged in the drone attack, but no other casualties have been reported.

In a separate development Pakistan's military jets overnight bombed a number of militant hideouts on the border with Afghanistan. Authorities say seven militants were killed and many others wounded in the attack on their strongholds in the Kohat region of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The security forces also targeted militant bases in Darra Adam Khel and Orakzai tribal region. Officials say they destroyed several terrorist hideouts there.

Saturday's drone attack was the third since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took power last month. On July 3 one such attack killed 17 suspected Taliban militants in the lawless region bordering with Afghanistan.

Pakistan has condemned U.S. drone attacks as violation of its sovereignty.

But the United states says the government has not done enough to eliminate terrorist hideouts in the northern tribal areas.

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

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