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US drone strike 'kills militants'

A suspected United States drone strike has killed seven militants near the Afghan border, according to Pakistan intelligence officials

The strike occurred in the Shawal area along the border dividing the North and South Waziristan tribal regions.

Many Pakistanis oppose US drone strikes because they say the strikes kill large numbers of innocent civilians - something the US denies - and end up breeding more extremism by those seeking retribution.

The country's new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has lashed out against the US drone programme and called for an end to it.

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