U.S. drone strike in Pakistan kills 5 militants

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Missiles from an American drone killed five militants in their hideout in a northwestern Pakistan tribal area, two Pakistani intelligence officials said Monday.

The two missiles, fired from the unmanned spy aircraft, slammed into the village of Dawar Musaki in the North Waziristan region, said the officials, who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

They said that some of the dead were believed to be foreign fighters but they did not know how many or where they were from.

The CIA’s drone program is extremely controversial in Pakistan, where residents view it as an affront to their sovereignty and contend it often results in civilian deaths, which the U.S. denies. Washington says the program is vital to combating militants that threaten the United States.

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