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Three killed in Pakistan drone strike

By The CNN Wire Staff
  • Suspected drone strike is the 39th strike this year
  • 3 people were killed, 5 injured in attack
  • The drone fired two missiles at a militant hideout

(CNN) -- Three people were killed and five were injured in a suspected U.S. drone strike on what U.S. officials called a Pakistani safe haven for al Qaeda-linked militants, intelligence officials told CNN.

The drone fired two missiles at a militant hideout near Mir Ali, North Waziristan, Tuesday night, according to Pakistani intelligence officials.

The home is located in mostly ungoverned tribal region and belonged to a Pakistani Taliban commander who was away at the time of the strike, officials said.

Based on a count by the CNN Islamabad bureau Tuesday's suspected drone strike was the 39th this year compared to 111 in all of 2010.

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