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US drone kills 8 suspected militants in Pakistan hideout

Updated at 8:50 am ET: PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A U.S. drone killed eight suspected Islamist militants in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, security officials said. 

A drone missile struck a house in the Shawal Valley where militants were reported to be hiding in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border. 

"Two missiles were fired on a house. Eight militants were killed," said a local intelligence official.


"The area is considered a stronghold of local and foreign militants, but it is not clear at the moment who were killed in the latest drone strike," said a security official in Miranshah, North Waziristan.

The Taliban in North Waziristan had banned an anti-polio immunization campaign in protest over U.S. drone strikes, which they claim are killing civilians.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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