At least five people were killed and several injured when suspected U.S. drones fired missiles at a house believed to be militants' hideout in Pakistan's lawless tribal region in North Waziristan early on Wednesday, local media reported.
The reports quoted sources as saying that five U.S. drones were flying over Miranshah, a main town of North Waziristan, before they fired two missiles at the house.
The victims were not immediately identified as the aerial attack took place in inaccessible mountain region bordering Afghanistan.
It was the first U.S. drone attack after the NATO Summit in Chicago during which President Barack Obama reportedly said that the United States and Pakistan were making "diligent progress" on reopening a vital NATO supply line into Afghanistan, which has been closed by Pakistan following a deadly NATO air strike on two Pakistani border checkposts killing 24 Pak soldiers in November last.
Pakistan has urged the U.S. to stop drone strikes on its territory as a pre-condition for reopening the NATO supply route. Drone attacks have also fueled anti-U.S. sentiments in Pakistan as it often caused civilian casualties.
by RTT Staff Writer
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