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Important al-Qaida member Umar Farooq believed dead after drone strike in Pakistan

At least five people were killed in the suspected U.S. drone strike.

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Thor Benson
An MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle comes in for a landing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq on November 20, 2008. Reapers are remotely piloted and can linger over battlefields, providing persistent strike capabilities to ground force commanders. UPI/Erik Gudmundson/U.S. Air Force
An MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle comes in for a landing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq on November 20, 2008. Reapers are remotely piloted and can linger over battlefields, providing persistent strike capabilities to ground force commanders. UPI/Erik Gudmundson/U.S. Air Force | License Photo

NORTH WAZIRISTAN, Pakistan, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A drone strike was reported in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan on Sunday, and it is believed an important al-Qaida member was killed.

The strike was aimed at a hideout for soldiers in the village of Khara Tanga, according to local media, and two missiles killed at least five and injured at least two.

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Pakistani intelligence officials have informed CNN Umar Farooq was killed, who has been an al Qaeda spokesman and was believed to be an integral leader in the group, possibly running al Qaeda's operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The U.S. military has claimed no drone strikes occurred in Pakistan on Sunday.

At least 141 people have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan this year, and many were believed to be militants. An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism into the killings done by drones in Pakistan found only 4 percent can be confirmed as al Qaeda members.

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