Six people have been killed in a US assassination drone attack that targeted Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region.
The attack was carried out during the early hours of Thursday, when the unmanned aerial vehicle struck a seminary in Hangu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
The United States carries out drone strikes in several countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia.
Washington says it is targeting militants through its drone attacks. However, many of the victims turn out to be civilians.
According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, between 308 and 789 civilians have died in US killer drone attacks in Pakistan since 2008.
The latest attack comes a few weeks after the United States came under mounting pressure by human rights groups and the United Nations to halt the killer drone strikes.
US President Barack Obama recently defended the use of the controversial drones as “self-defense.”
The aerial attacks, initiated by former US president George W. Bush, have been escalated under the administration of President Barack Obama.
The United Nations and several human rights organizations have already identified the United States as the world’s number one user of “targeted killings” largely due to its drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The US-operated drone strikes in Pakistan pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law, the UN says.