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Measles leaves 12 children dead in Pakistan tribal area

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan -- An outbreak of measles in part of Pakistan's lawless tribal northwest has killed 12 children in three weeks and is spreading due to a shortage of medicines, doctors said Monday.

Doctor Mohammad Ali Shah, chief of the main hospital in Miranshah, the biggest town in North Waziristan, told AFP that military operations, power cuts and curfews meant there was a shortage of medicines.

The restive and impoverished district bordering Afghanistan is Pakistan's most notorious Taliban and al-Qaida stronghold, and hit frequently by U.S. drone strikes targeting Islamist militants.

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