Pakistani intelligence officials say a US drone strike has killed at least five people in a rebel hideout in the northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.

Two officials, who did not want to named, said the missiles had hit a vehicle and a compound in the town of Dandey Darpakhel in North Waziristan on Wednesday.

The strike was the third in the past two weeks as US missile strikes in Pakistan resumed after six months.

North Waziristan is home to a mix of local and foreign al-Qaeda-linked fighter groups, who also attack American and NATO troops across the border in Afghanistan.

Pakistan's military this week launched a long-awaited offensive in the region after the main airport in the commercial city of Karachi was attacked by the Pakistani Taliban.

Source: AP