Pakistani security officials confirmed the attack that also left at least one wounded. The dead bodies have not yet been identified. Pakistan's tribal regions are regularly attacked by U.S. assassination drones, with Washington claiming that militants are the targets. However, casualty figures clearly indicate that civilians are the main victims.
The issue has long been a source of friction between Islamabad and Washington. Senior Pakistani officials have repeatedly said that the raids violate their country's sovereignty. Earlier this week, Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations said that the U.S. drone attacks on Pakistani soil have fueled constant anger against Washington.
Observers note that over the past several years, Washington has been launching drone attacks on a number of Muslim countries, including Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. The aerial attacks, initiated by the former U.S. president George W. Bush, have been escalated under President Barack Obama's administration.
The United Nations says the U.S.-operated drone strikes in Pakistan and some other countries pose a growing challenge to the rule of international law.
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