U.S. Drone Strike Kills 16 People in Pakistan

Mike O'Brien

At least 16 people were killed and five wounded in a U.S. drone strike on a suspected militant compound in Pakistan late on Tuesday night.

The strike was the deadliest since Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, came to power a month ago and demanded an end to the drone attacks.

Drone strikes are deeply unpopular in Pakistan and are seen as a violation of the country’s sovereignty.

Many politicians regard the drone issue as a cornerstone of their opposition to American policies.

A local government official said the house that was targeted was being used by the militants for the past few months.

He said: "At least four missiles were fired from two drones at a house of local tribesmen in Sarai Darpa Khel village at 11 p.m. last night."

The official added that the militants who were killed were from the Haqqani network, a group thought to be responsible for several attacks against American and Afghan forces across the border in Afghanistan.

The attack took place in Sarai Darpa Khel, in North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan.

The region is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions of Pakistan and is known as a Taliban stronghold.