Jan 10, 2013 6:52 AM by Garrett Boyd

UPDATE: US missiles kill 5 suspected militants in Pakistan

Pakistan (AP) - U.S. drone-fired missiles have hit a house in Pakistan's northwest tribal region, killing five suspected militants.

Pakistani intelligence officials say the strike occurred in a village near one of the main towns in the North Waziristan tribal area -- a main sanctuary for Taliban and al-Qaida militants.

It's the seventh such attack in less than two weeks.

The recent spate of strikes has been one of the most intense in the past two years, a period in which political tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan led to a reduced number of attacks, compared to 2010, when they were at their most frequent.

It's not clear if the current uptick has been caused by particularly valuable CIA intelligence or if the warming of relations between the two countries has made strikes less sensitive.


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