Suspected US missile strikes kill 3 in Pakistan

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DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a pair of U.S. drone-fired missile strikes have hit a suspected militant compound and a vehicle near the Afghan border, killing at least three alleged insurgents.

The officials say the attacks happened on Wednesday near Wana, the main town in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal area. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The identities of those killed were unclear. South Waziristan was the main sanctuary for the Pakistani Taliban until the army launched a large ground offensive in 2009.

The U.S. does not publicly discuss drone strikes in Pakistan, but officials have said privately that they have killed several senior al-Qaida and Taliban commanders.