ISLAMABAD, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- At least three people were killed in a U.S. drone strike launched Tuesday night in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan, reported local Urdu TV channel Dunnya.
According to the report, the U.S. drone fired three missiles at a house suspected of housing militants in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan.
Tuesday's attack by U.S. drones is the 7th of its kind in Pakistan since this year. So far a total of 26 people have reportedly been killed in such strikes since Jan. 1.
All the strikes were launched in North Waziristan, a place that the U.S.-led NATO forces in Afghanistan find a big trouble for them as militants hiding in the area often launch attacks at the NATO troops across the Pakistani side.
The U.S. side has kept asking Pakistan to launch ground operations in the area, but the Pakistani side has refused to do so due to the lack of financial and military resources.
Concern about the possible retaliation by militants in the country is also a factor holding back the Pakistani side to launch military operations in North Waziristan.