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20, including militant leader, killed in U.S. attack in Pakistan

A missile attack carried out by a suspected U.S. drone in the tribal regions of north-west Pakistan has killed 20 persons, reports quoting officials and witnesses said.

The dead includes Mohammad Omar, a top Taliban commander, and eight al-Qaeda militants, reports said.

The raid, conducted Sunday night, targeted a compound owned by Omar in Mandatta village in the troubled region of South Waziristan.

Omar's mentor Nek Mohammed also met with the same fate four years ago.

The area where the strike took place is a stronghold of Baitullah Mehsud, the head of Taliban's Pakistani wing.

Seven students of a religious school were killed in a missile attack in North Waziristan Thursday.

Aerial strikes by U.S. forces against suspected militant targets in the Afghan border region have become frequent recently. This often led to civilian casualties, evoking protests from Pakistanis.

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