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Nine militants die in drone strikes

Pakistani intelligence officials say suspected American drones have fired several missiles into three militant hideouts near Afghan border, killing at least nine fighters.

Three officials said the strikes targeted Pakistani Taliban's hideouts in the South Waziristan tribal region.

They say identity of the killed militants is not known yet, but two important commanders of the Pakistani Taliban may be among them.

A suspected US missile strike on Thursday killed a top Pakistani militant commander, Maulvi Nazir, whose fighters focus on attacks against US and allied Nato troops in Afghanistan.

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