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Deaths in US drone attack in Pakistan
Strike on a compound has killed at least ten people in northwest tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said.
Last Modified: 24 May 2012 04:10
US drone attacks in Pakistan have come under attack for causing a high number of civilian casualties [AFP]

A US drone strike on a compound has killed at least ten people in northwest Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said.

"The drone fired two missiles on a house in Hassokhel town," 25km east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, a security official said on Thursday, a day after a similar attack killed four people in the same region.

North Waziristan is a stronghold of the Haqqani network - Afghan fighters blamed for a series of spectacular attacks on Western targets in Kabul - and Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

Islamabad has been resisting US pressure to launch a sweeping offensive against fighters in the area.

Washington considers Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt the main hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.

The attack was likely to raise tensions in a standoff with Washington over NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

The United States has been pushing Pakistan to re-open the supply routes in difficult talks that show no signs of a breakthrough anytime soon. 

Pakistan closed the routes in protest against last November's killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a NATO air attack along the Afghan border.

US frustrations with Pakistan deepened on Wednesday after a Pakistani tribal court sentenced a doctor accused of helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden to 33 years in jail on charges of treason.

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