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US drone strike kills 17 in North Waziristan

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The latest US drone strike is the first since Pakistan reopened Nato supply lines. — AP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Missiles fired by a US drone have killed at least 17 people near the Afghan border, DawnNews reported.    

Pakistani intelligence officials said at least two insurgents were also wounded in Friday's strike near Miran Shah, the main town of the North Waziristan tribal region.

The US often targets suspected Taliban and al Qaida hideouts in Pakistan's northwestern tribal regions, but the latest attack was the first since Pakistan reopened Nato supply lines to Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Pakistan closed the supply routes in November in retaliation for American airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

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