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US drone kills 14 Pakistani militants from group linked to Faizal Shahzad

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(Read caption) A soldier of Pakistani paramilitary force searches an Afghan man at a post of Pakistan-Afghanistan border of Chaman, Pakistan, Monday. Pakistani authorities beefed up security at Afghan borders as Pakistani army fight against Taliban and militants in Pakistani tribal region of Waziristan along the Afghanistan border.

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A rain of drone-fired missiles killed 14 suspected militants Tuesday in northern Pakistan, local officials said, as the US and the Pakistani Army upped the pressure on a group believed to be responsible for the failed Times Square bombing attempt.

North Waziristan, where the attacks were launched, has been a stronghold of Al Qaeda and its ally Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Pakistani wing of the Taliban. American officials claim to have evidence that TTP trained Faisal Shahzad, the accused Times Square bomber, though a spokesperson for the TTP has denied that.

Counts varied of how many missiles were fired from the drones, with CNN reporting that 18 struck two vehicles and several compounds in succession. This was the third US drone attack on the region since the Times Square bomb attempt on May 1, although The New York Times reports that there is "no indication that the strikes on Tuesday were retaliation for the bombing attempt."


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