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Report: Drone attack kills 19 suspected militants in Pakistan

A U.S. drone attack killed 19 suspected militants on Friday when it fired five missiles at a compound in Pakistan near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said Saturday.

The strike was in the Datta Khel region, which is considered to be a stronghold of Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur.


 The attack came just a day after trucks carrying NATO supplies crossed from Pakistan into Afghanistan for the first time in more than seven months. The crossing was allowed after the United States and Pakistan resolved one of their most heated disputes, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized for an air attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last November.

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The CIA has stepped up drone attacks in North Waziristan in recent weeks in an area seen as a hub for militant groups who attack U.S. forces and their allies in Afghanistan.

Eight people were killed there in a drone strike on Sunday.

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In a separate attack, 18 people were killed when armed men attacked a bus in a remote town in Baluchistan province.

The attack took place when the bus, which was travelling to Iran, stopped at a shop in the Kech area, police told Reuters news agency.

This article includes reporting by Reuters.

Authorities in Islamabad have announced that NATO may resume transporting military supplies into Afghanistan from Pakistan. NBC's Amna Nawaz has more on the story.

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