A drone strike hit Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region early today, killing at least 14 people, according to The New York Times.
The missile attacks, believed to be the work of US drones, are the third such strikes in the last three days. They come as the US is about to conduct delicate talks with Pakistan in the nation's capital, said The Times, with a top US defense department official set to arrive in Islamabad later this week.
Local officials told The Times that today's attack -- which reportedly killed between 14 and 16 people -- is the most deadly attack in the region since November last year.
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The attacks targeted a believed military compound in Hesokhel, near the North Waziristan capital of Miranshah. The area is considered rife with militant activity, reported BBC News.
China's Xinhua, citing the local Urdu TV channel Dawn, said the strikes hit around 5:20 a.m. and terrified the town residents.
Pakistan has denounced US drone attacks as a violation of its sovereignty. The issue has severely strained US-Pakistani relations in recent months.