ISLAMABAD, July 16 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were killed and several others injured in a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan's northwest tribal town of Datta Khel on Wednesday morning, local media reported.
Dunya TV said that an unknown number of U.S. unmanned aircraft fired four missiles at a compound of suspected militants in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, a tribal region located at Pakistan- Afghanistan border.
The death toll is feared to rise as the compound leveled to ground following the attack and several people are said to be stranded under the debris.
Residents have started rescue work to pull out the trapped victims from the rubbles of the compound.
Identities of the killed have not been determined yet.
Wednesday morning's attack is the fifth of its kind in the area since the start of this year. To date over 45 people have been killed and several others injured in U.S. drone attacks in the area.
The strike came at a time when Pakistani army is launching armed offensive against militants in North Waziristan.
So far over 400 militants have been killed by military in the operation Zarb-e-Azb, an Urdu phrase for "Strike of the Prophet's Sword," which started on June 15.