March 21st, 2010
03:08 PM ET

Officials: 5 militants killed in Pakistan by drone

Five militants were killed Sunday night by a U.S. drone in Pakistan's tribal region, two intelligence officials and one local government official told CNN.

The drone fired two missiles at a militant compound in Alwara Mandi, a village 80 kilometers (49 miles) west of Miranshah in North Waziristan, one of seven districts in the tribal region.

The drone strike was the 21st this year, according to a CNN tally. All the strikes have targeted locations in North Waziristan or along the border between North and South Waziristan.

The officials asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

- Journalists Nasir Dawar and Nasir Habib contributed to this report for CNN.

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  1. m Burns

    It sure will make for an uneasy sleep knowing that a drone can hit anywhere anytime.
    A enemy that is kept on the defensive cannot easily be planning attacks

    March 21, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. killbill

    Keep stacking them up boys. Drones to the left of me
    drones to the right. Don't you just know that was an eye opener when those hit ?
    Bravo indeed keep them on the run and without leadership.

    March 21, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. steve

    I'll try to believe this makes a difference but it wont. It's a long term problem that needs a long term solution, killing 5 here or there keeps the kids happy but dosent change the facts on the ground.

    The real ongoing problem is that Pakistan is still toying with the idea of maintaining the Taliban in Afghanistan as a bulwark against encroachment and encirclement by India, the Chinese with their growing and insatiable demand for oil (with no social or human rights qualms) will keep a finger in the region – already the beneficiary of major construction projects, with the blood of Americans providing security on the ground.

    Pakistan cooperation notwithstanding, all we are seeing is 'pruning' where certain non-aligned Taliban groups are handed up, to satisfy our need for "kills" (and their need for continued US funds) while the real bombers continue to operate.

    March 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jiminy

    "The officials asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media."

    Horse hockey. If you're getting information like this, you can be assured these guys are definitely cleared to release it to the press. They
    just don't want their names in the paper.

    March 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
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