ISLAMABAD, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan on Thursday condemned two U.S. drone strikes recently in the country's restive North Waziristan tribal region that have killed nearly 16 suspected militants.
After a break of some five months, the United States has once again started its drone mission in Pakistan with a late Wednesday attack, killing at least six people.
Security officials said in a second U.S. spy aircraft attack early Thursday, 10 people were killed, lifting the death toll in two strikes to 16. Several people were also injured in the attacks.
"The government of Pakistan condemns the two incidents of U.S. drone strikes that took place near Miranshah in North Waziristan on June 11 and 12," the Foreign Ministry said.
"These strikes are a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity," a Foreign Ministry statement said.
The Foreign Ministry said these strikes have a negative impact on the government's efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region.
The drone strikes had been stopped for nearly five months in the wake of peace talks between the government and the Taliban. Pakistan had accused the United States of sabotaging the Taliban peace process when an unnamed aircraft killed the Taliban chief, Hakimullah Mehsud.
The recent drone strikes were launched just three days after the Taliban launched a deadly attack on Karachi airport that killed over 30 people. The Taliban and an Uzbek militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Security officials said the late Wednesday U.S. strike had killed four Uzbek and two local Taliban militants. They added the pre-dawn attack targeted Afghan Taliban hiding in North Waziristan.