U.S. drone aircraft have attacked suspected fighters in flood-hit Pakistan, near the border with Afghanistan, killing five people, Pakistani officials said on Saturday.
The U.S. attacke came as the devastating floods are now affecting a third of the country and have made 4 million people homeless.
Two of the missiles hit vehicles carrying suspected fighterss. It was not clear if the three attacks were carried out by one or more aircraft, they said.
The identity of the five dead was not known while several suspected figters were wounded, the officials said.
The firing began at about 6 a.m. and was continuing after small intervals, an official said.
U.S. ally Pakistan officially objects to the attacks by pilotless drone aircraft, saying they violate its sovereignty and enrage the Pashtun tribes in the border regions.
The overnight attack happened in the Kurram tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
Previous U.S. attack killed 13 suspected fighters and 7 civilians in North Waziristan earlier in the week. Reuters news agency reported, Pakistani intelligence officials said, four women and three children were among the dead in the 23 August attack.
It was not clear if the three attacks were carried out by one or more aircraft, they said.
Restriction on military help for relief efforts
On Tuesday, Pakistan has finally moved some helicopters involved in US-backed offensives against the local pro-Taliban fighters to rescue and relief operations in flooded regions.
Additionally, the Pakistan army has redeployed about 60,000 troops out of about 550,000 soldiers for relief efforts.
U.S. urged Pakistan to keep its soldiers in tribal areas in where government has held offensives under Washington pressure.
Separately, shots were fired in the northwestern city of Peshawar, near the U.S. consulate, but it was not clear who the gunman was or what he was firing at, police said. There were no reports of any injuries, they said.
"There were attacks in three different places on Friday evening," said a government official in the region, who declined to be identified.
ReutersLast Mod: 28 Ağustos 2010, 09:38