At least six people have been killed in a U.S. drone missile attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan, Pakistani intelligence officials said on Saturday.
But residents in the area said 12 people, including four women and two children, were killed. They said those killed were civilians and were from the same family.
The missiles struck a house around midnight in a village about 25 km (15 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, the officials said.
Six women and two children were also wounded in the attack and being treated at a hospital in Miranshah, one witness said.
More than 900 people have been killed in over 100 drone strikes in Pakistan since August 2008.
U.S. ally Pakistan officially objects to the drone strikes, saying they are a violation of its sovereignty, which complicates Pakistan's efforts against militancy.
It was the fifth drone missile strike in northwest Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan, since a failed bid to set off a car bomb in New York's Times Square on May 1.
ReutersLast Mod: 22 Mayıs 2010, 16:09