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Officials: US missile strike kills 11 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Eleven people have been killed by a missile fired from a U.S. drone into a suspected militant hide-out in Pakistan's lawless northwest.

Intelligence officials say the missile targeted the stronghold of a jihadist commander accused of attacks on Western troops in Afghanistan.

Some officials say some of the dead were Afghans.

The United States is suspected of having launched more than 40 missile strikes from unmanned planes on al-Qaida and Taliban targets close to the Afghan border since last year. The strikes reportedly killed several top commanders, but also civilians. Earlier this month, one such strike is believed to have killed the Pakistani Taliban chief, Baitullah Mehsud.

Authorities stepped up security in the region following the attack, and the officials said they were working to get more details about the victims.


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