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(LWJ) — US Predators struck for the first time in a week in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of South Waziristan today, killing 13 “militants,” according to reports from the region.

The remotely-piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers fired four missiles at a vehicle traveling in the village of Kond Ghalay Pnaga in the Birmal area of South Waziristan. Thirteen “militants” were killed in the strike, according to SAMAA.

The target of the strike is unclear. The strike took place in an area close to the border of North Waziristan, and is used by fighters loyal to Taliban Hafiz Gul Bahadar as well as the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan.

Today’s strike is the first in Pakistan’s tribal areas since June 20, when Predators hit a Taliban training camp in the Kurram agency. The US has carried out 11 strikes in Pakistan this year, exceeding the previous monthly high of nine strikes in January. There were 3 strikes in February, seven in March, two in April, and seven in May. The previous four months, from September to December 2010, averaged almost 16 strikes per month (21 in September, 16 in October, 14 in November, and 12 in December).