Deadly US drone attack hits Pakistan despite warning

It was the seventh bombing raid by unmanned US planes this month as Pakistan sees a surge in the strikes.

Deadly US drone attack hits Pakistan despite warning

A U.S. drone fired missiles on Thursday into a compound in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, killing at least 10 people, officials said, as Washington and Islamabad clash over the strikes.

The latest drone attack came a day after Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi warned the United States that intensified drone attacks or ground operations against in Pakistan could undermine the relations.

It was the seventh bombing raid by unmanned US planes this month as Pakistan sees a surge in the strikes, which fuel anti-American sentiment in the Muslim nation and draw public condemnation from the government.

Thursday's assault took place in Pasalkot village in a remote area of North Waziristan and very close to the border with South Waziristan, officials said.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said after meeting U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke that some very clear "red lines" were discussed.

"I said despite the partnership that we enjoy, Pakistan cannot, and Pakistan feels that it will undermine our relationship, if there's expansion of drones and if there are operations on ground," he told a news conference.

Pakistan security officials said the missiles hit an Islamic school.

"The attack happened at 7 a.m. (0200 GMT) and we have reports of 10 deaths at the moment," a security official who declined to be identified told Reuters.

The official claimed they're "all militants", according to Reuters news agency.

Relations became seriously strained between the allies when U.S. commandos raided a border village in South Waziristan and killed 20 people, including women and children, on September 3, 2008.


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