ISLAMABAD, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 people were killed as U.S. drones fired six missiles at three different targets in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan on Friday, reported local media Geo.
According to the report, five U.S. drones were seen flying over the Shawal area of North Waziristan at about noon time and they fired six missiles at three different houses suspected of being militant hideouts in the area.
One house targeted was in Dandra village, in which four people were killed. Another house targeted was in Darray Nashtaqr village, in which three were killed. The third target was a house in Maki Ghar village, in which five people were killed.
Friday's U.S. drone strike came just one day after Pakistan summoned a U.S. diplomat here over drone issue.
Despite the repeated objections voiced by Pakistan over U.S. drone strikes, the Untied States has never stopped such attacks.
Friday's drone strike is the fifth of its kind over the last week. So far this year, at least 200 people have reportedly been killed in such strikes.
Bordering the southeastern side of Afghanistan, North Waziristan is believed to be a stronghold of vaious groups of militants including Taliban and al-Qaeda. Militants hiding in this mountainous area often launch cross-border attacks on the NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
The U.S. side has been pressuring Pakistan to launch military operations in North Waziristan over the last few years. But the Pakistani army has refused to do so, forcing U.S forces to use unmanned aircraft to strike against the militants hiding in the area.