US drone strike kills four, injures four in Pak's N Waziristan

Islamabad, May 29 (ANI): A suspected US drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan region killed at least four people, and injured four others in the wee hours of Wednesday.

According to initial reports, the US drone fired two missiles at a house in Chashma Village, area of Miranshah, killing four and injuring four others. More deaths are feared.

The wounded were shifted to nearby hospital, where they were stated to be in critical condition, reports The Dawn.

This is the first reported drone strike in Pakistan since the May 11 general elections.

North Waziristan region is considered a hub of Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants.

Earlier, the Pakistan's interim government on Friday reiterated its view that US drone strikes in its territory were illegal, after President Barack Obama laid out new guidelines for their use.

Obama said he had approved new guidelines stating that drone strikes can only be used to prevent imminent attacks and when the capture of a suspect is not feasible and if there is a "near certainty" that civilians will not be killed.

Islamabad, however, remains firm on its long-held public stance on unmanned missile attacks in its tribal northwest.

According to Britain's Bureau of Investigative Journalism, CIA drone attacks in Pakistan have killed up to 3,587 people since 2004, up to 884 of them civilians. (ANI)