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US missile strike kills 13 suspected militants

May 06, 2011

It was the first US drone strike in Pakistan since US forces killed Osama bin Laden in a commando raid not far from Islamabad on May 2. – (File Photo)

MIRAMSHAH: US drones fired a salvo of missiles into a compound in Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan on Friday, killing 13 suspected militants, local security officials said.

The attack came just four days after US commandos shot dead Osama bin Laden in Pakistan's garrison city of Abbottabad, hundreds of kilometres from the tribal belt and just two hours' drive from the capital.

“A compound and a vehicle were targeted by US drones in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan killing eight militants,” a senior Pakistani security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“Eight missiles were fired on the targets located close to each other,” he said, adding that four other suspected militants were wounded.