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Suspected U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan kill 5

Associated Press

ISLAMABAD — Government officials say five people are dead after suspected U.S. missile strikes hit the hide-outs of a Taliban commander in northwestern Pakistan.

Government official Shahab Ali Shah said Thursday that missiles appearing to be from U.S. aircraft hit the villages of Gharlamai and Nandaran in the South Waziristan tribal area, about six miles (10 kilometers) west of the Wana bazaar area.

Shah is the top administrative official in the area.

He says it is unclear if the dead are local tribesmen or militants.

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Witness Ali Khan Wazir says drone aircraft had been flying over the area for hours before the explosions were heard. He says Taliban vehicles were seen rushing to the scenes.

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