US missiles kill three people in Pakistan

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The Independent Online

A US missile strike has killed three people near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials say.

The four missiles hit a vehicle today in the Doga Madakhel village of North Waziristan tribal region. North Waziristan is home to many militant groups dedicated to attacking Western troops in Afghanistan.

The two officials did not know the identities of the dead.

The strike occurred amid tensions between the US and Pakistan over the May 2 American raid that killed al-Qa'ida chief Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil.

The US relies heavily on the covert, CIA-run missile programme to kill Taliban and al-Qa'ida militants in Pakistan's tribal areas.