ISLAMABAD, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of a U.S. drone strike launched on Friday in Pakistan has risen to 17, reported local Urdu TV channel AAJ.
According to the local media reports, five U.S. drones fired six missiles at three different targets in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan at about noon time.
Three houses located in the villages of Dandra, Darray Nashtar and Maki Ghar in the Shawal area of North Waziristan were targeted during the strike, said local reports.
The killed were believed to be militants.
Friday's U.S. drone strike came just one day after the Pakistani side summoned a U.S diplomat in Islamabad to protest against the recent drone strikes launched prior to or during the Eid holiday, one of the most important festivals from Muslims.
Over the last seven days, U.S. drones launched five strikes in the afore-said area bordering Afghanistan, killing at least 34 suspected militants.
Pakistan insists that such strikes violate the country's sovereignty and are counterproductive to terror war, however, the U.S. side believes that such strikes are necessary in eliminating the militants hiding in the area, who often launch cross-border attacks on NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan, as Pakistan refuses to launch ground operations against the militants in North Waziristan.