At least five people have been killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s northwestern restive tribal region near the Afghan border.
Two missiles were fired on Saturday at a compound in Mada Khail neighborhood of Datta Khail area in North Waziristan.
Local security officials confirmed the drone strike in Pakistan’s volatile northwest, warning that the death toll is expected to rise.
It is difficult to verify the exact number of the dead as the area is off-limits to journalists.
The US military carries out targeted killings through drone strikes in several Muslim nations such as Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.
Pakistan has borne the brunt of the notorious attacks, with large numbers of its citizens being killed.
The airstrikes have angered the Pakistani people and officials. Islamabad has condemned the attacks as a violation of its sovereignty, but the raids continue unabated.
Washington claims the targets of the drone attacks are militants, but local officials and witnesses maintain that civilians have been the main victims of the attacks over the past few years.
The United Nations and several human rights organizations have identified the US as the world's number one user of "targeted killings," largely due to its drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.