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Pakistan: US drone strike kills al-Qaida commander

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DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani intelligence officials and a Taliban commander say a U.S. drone strike reported a day ago killed an al-Qaida commander in the country's northwest.

The officials and the militant say Mohammad Ahmed al-Mansoor died Sunday when drone-launched missiles hit a house in Tabbi village in the North Waziristan tribal area.

They gave different accounts Monday of others who died in the strike. The officials say his wife and son were also killed, while the commander said two Punjabi Taliban militants died.

The officials said al-Mansoor was a close aide to senior al-Qaida leader Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, who was killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan on Thursday. Al-Hussainan was also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti.

The officials and the Taliban commander spoke on condition of anonymity.

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