An unmanned American aircraft fired missiles at a vehicle in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan Tuesday, killing five suspected militants and injuring two, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
The officials further added the strike was carried out near Shana Khora village in North Waziristan marking the third drone attack in North Waziristan within three days.
According to local Pakistani officials, the area of the drone attacks is dominated by anti-U.S. militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur.
Bahadur’s group is known for frequent attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but generally it does not carry out operations inside Pakistan. Several recent drone strikes have killed militants affiliated with Bahadur’s group.
This comes as at least 10 suspected militants were killed following two strikes in North Waziristan on Sunday.
The covert CIA drone program has drawn strong criticism in Pakistan. Pakistani officials charge such strikes violate their country’s sovereignty. Many Pakistanis complain that the strikes kill innocent civilians.