US drone strike PakistanAccording to reports, at least three suspected militants were killed following a US drone strike in Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan.

This was the first airstrike conducted a week after Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif visited United States and urged Washington to stop drone strikes.

The latest airstrike was reportedly carried out near Miransha in North Waziristan tribal region early Thursday, killing at least three suspected militants, Radio Free Europe (RFE) reported.

Islamabad has repeatedly protested against the US drone strikes, saying they violate Pakistan’s sovereignty, but Washington views them as a vital tool in the fight against Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in the lawless tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.

According to reports, United States has carried out at least 317 drone strikes in Pakistani tribal regions since 2008, killing at least 2160 suspected militants.

The latest figures were released by Pakistani military on Wednesday amid latest findings by United Nations which revealed earlier this month that nearly 400 civilians have been killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan.

However, Pakistani military has said that only 3 percent of those killed during the drone strike were civilians. The information, released by Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence to a parliamentary inquiry, also said no civilians were killed in 2012 and 2013.