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Officials: US missile strike kills 15 suspected militants in northwest Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani intelligence officials say a volley of U.S. missiles killed 15 alleged militants in an extremist stronghold of northwest Pakistan today.

It's said to be the second such strike in less than 12 hours.

The intelligence officers say six missiles were fired on a house in a village close to the border. The identities of the 15 suspected militants were not immediately known.

Late yesterday, two people were reported killed in another strike in North Waziristan. Officials did not say whether they were believed to be militants.

There have been more than 35 missile strikes this year alone in Pakistan, the highest tempo since the attacks began in earnest in 2008.

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