US drones fired missiles at a militant commander's compound in northwest Pakistan today, killing 12 suspected insurgents, Reuters reports.
Reuters, the Associated Press and other news outlets cite unnamed Pakistani intelligence and security officials as the sources for their reports, though the AP listed the death toll as nine, and AFP as ten.
The conflict-prone tribal area of North Waziristan lies along the Afghan border and is known for being home to militants linked to both the Taliban and al Qaeda. The compound that was struck there today is said to belong to Sadiq Noor, a militant commander who is the "most important commander for Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a prominent Pakistani militant focused on fighting in Afghanistan," AP reported.
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