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Pakistan to Pay Victims of Suspected US Missile Strike

A U.S. Predator drone flies over the moon above Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan (File Photo)

Pakistan is preparing to compensate the families of 39 people killed in a suspected U.S. missile strike.

A Pakistani official said Saturday each family would get $3,530, and that payments also will be made to those injured in the strike and their families.

The missile attack on March 17 targeted an area of North Waziristan near the Afghan border.

Pakistan's army chief condemned the strike and said it showed a complete disregard for human life. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said the missiles hit a peaceful meeting of tribal elders.

U.S. officials and Pakistani intelligence sources have said those killed were militants.

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