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Pakistani officials say U.S. drone kills 3 militants

Updated: March 22, 2013 12:38AM

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Two Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone targeting a vehicle has killed three suspected militants near the Afghan border.

The officials said Friday two missiles fired from an unmanned American drone hit the vehicle in a bazar near the Datta Khel village of North Waziristan tribal region at about midnight Thursday.

They said the nationalities and identities of the slain men were not known as their bodies were beyond recognition.

No Pakistan government or army spokesmen were available for comment.

Pakistan opposes such strikes.

Covert American CIA drone strikes have killed scores of suspected al-Qaida and Taliban men in Pakistan’s tribal region over the past few years. The secret nature of the program makes it difficult to determine how many civilians are being killed.

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