Pakistan: Toll from suspected US strike now 9

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Associated Press

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 3:35 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 9 at 8:05 AM

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say the death toll from a suspected U.S. drone strike in a restive tribal region has risen to 9, all of whom were militants.

Two intelligence officials said Saturday that three members of the Pakistani Taliban movement wounded in the Friday strike on a militant compound died overnight. They had originally put the death toll at six.

The officials said their field informants confirmed two members of al-Qaida, Abu Majid Al Iraqi and Sheikh Abu Waqas Al-Yamani, were among the dead. They said the remaining seven were all members of Pakistan's branch of the Taliban. Both officials spoke anonymously as they weren't authorized to speak to the media.

The Taliban did not immediately comment on the strike in the Bobar Ghar area of South Waziristan.

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