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Officials: Drone strikes kills 7 alleged militants in Pakistan

By Reza Sayah, CNN
Pakistani tribesmen gather to protest against suspected U.S. drone attacks in North Waziristan on June 16, 2011.
Pakistani tribesmen gather to protest against suspected U.S. drone attacks in North Waziristan on June 16, 2011.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The attacks in Kurram Agency are the first this year
  • Most of the drone attacks have targeted North and South Waziristan
  • The United States does not comment on suspected drone strikes
RELATED TOPICS
  • Pakistan
  • Drone Attacks

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Suspected U.S drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region killed seven alleged militants on Monday, Pakistani intelligence officials told CNN.

The attacks took place within 15 minutes of each other at a suspected militant's vehicle and their hideout in Kurram Agency, one of seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Monday's drone strikes were the first in Kurram this year. The overwhelming majority of drone strikes have targeted areas in North and South Waziristan. Analysts say the areas are havens for militants fueling the insurgencies in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Based on a count by the CNN Islamabad bureau, Monday's suspected drone strikes were the 35th and 36th of this year compared to 111 in all of 2010.

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

The United States does not comment on suspected drone strikes. But it is the only country in the region known to have the ability to launch missiles from drones -- which are controlled remotely.