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US missiles 'kill 30 militants'

More than 30 suspected militants have been killed in a missile strike by a US drone in a Pakistan region bordering Afghanistan.

Pakistani intelligence officials said the strikes took place in the North Waziristan tribal region - the main sanctuary for al Qaida and Taliban fighters along the Afghan border.

The roughly three dozen suspected militants at the meeting were allied with Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a powerful Pakistani Taliban commander in the area who has focused his efforts on fighting foreign troops in Afghanistan, the officials said.

The insurgents were said to be discussing plans to send new groups of fighters across the border.

The United States began firing missiles at militant targets in Pakistan in 2004.

Washington does not acknowledge firing the missiles and reporters are barred from visiting the area.

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