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PESHAWAR, Pakistan May 12 Suspected U.S. drone
aircraft fired missiles in a Pakistani region on the Afghan
border on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, military and
intelligence officials said.
The attack took place in a mountainous region of South
Waziristan, a known al Qaeda and Taliban hotbed, the officials
"We have at least eight dead in the attack," said a
Pakistani military official who declined to be identified.
The target of the attack was not immediately known, he
The United States began stepping up drone attacks in
Pakistan last year. There has been no let-up since President
Barack Obama's administration took office in January, despite
complaints from the Pakistani government.
The United States has carried out about 40 drone air
strikes since the begining of last year, most since September,
killing more than 320 people, according to a tally of reports
from Pakistani security officials, district government
officials and residents.
There have been 16 attacks this year, with five in April.
At least five militants were killed on Saturday in a drone
attack, also in South Waziristan.
Pakistan says the drones violate its sovereignty and
undermine efforts to deal with militancy because they inflame
public anger and bolster militant support.
(Reporting by Alamgir Bitani; Writing by Augustine Anthony;
Editing by Robert Birsel and Valerie Lee)