US Drone Strike Kills 5 in North Waziristan

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A US drone strike targeting an insurgent's compound in North Waziristan, Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, killed five suspected insurgents on Wednesday morning, local officials said.

The attack took place in Hurmuz area in east of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan.

"Several US drones flew into the area before dawn and fired four missiles on a compound, killing five militants," a security official told AFP.

It comes just days after a massive anti-drone rally near the region which is understood to be a stronghold of Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan protested against US drone strikes with thousands of supports on Saturday and Sunday with the aim of marching into Pakistan's tribal areas.

Khan defied warnings from authorities on Sunday leading thousands of supporters beyond Tank, the last town before the semi-autonomous region, but was forced to turn back before making it to the border village of Kotkai in South Waziristan after the army warned it was unsafe to be in the area after nightfall.

More than 20,000 people were in Tank for the final rally, according to police, and wellwishers lined the streets along the route from Islamabad to welcome the convoy as it passed through on its two-day journey.

A report commissioned by Reprieve estimated last month that 474 to 881 civilians were among 2,562 to 3,325 people killed by drones in Pakistan between June 2004 and September 2012.

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