(Reuters) – Following are security developments in Pakistan at 1630 GMT on Sunday.
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* SOUTH WAZIRISTAN – Two U.S. drone planes fired four missiles into a militant hideout in the lawless region of South Waziristan on the Afghan border, killing five militants and wounding four, intelligence officials in the region said.
Hours later, three drone missiles killed three Pakistani militants in a strike on a house in the same area.
The latest strikes came a day after a similar drone attack killed at least 16 militants in South Waziristan, once known as a stronghold of militants led by Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud.
The Pakistan army says forces largely cleared the area in last year’s operation.
* NORTH WAZIRISTAN – Two missiles fired by a pilotless drone plane struck killed four militants in North Waziristan region, a hotbed for al Qaeda and Taliban militants on the Afghan border, security officials said.
United States has stepped up drone strikes in Pakistan’s border region since last year. (Compiled by Islamabad Bureau) (For more Reuters coverage of Pakistan, see: here)