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6 killed in suspected U.S. drone attack in Pakistan

By Nasir Habib, CNN
November 15, 2011 -- Updated 0512 GMT (1312 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Officials: The suspected drone fired two missiles on an alleged militant hideout
  • North Waziristan is one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region
  • U.S. officials rarely discuss the CIA's drone program

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region killed six suspected militants on Tuesday, intelligence officials told CNN.

Two Pakistani intelligence officials said the suspected drone fired two missiles on an alleged militant hideout in the area of Miran Shah in North Waziristan.

North Waziristan is one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The intelligence officials asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

U.S. officials rarely discuss the CIA's drone program in Pakistan, though privately they have said the covert strikes are legal and an effective tactic in the fight against extremists.

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