Drone Attack Kills 17 Suspected Militants in Pakistan

Erik Simonsen/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- Seventeen alleged militants were killed in a drone strike in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday.

The attack involved four missiles that were fired on a compound in the town of Miranshah in North Waziristan.

The identities of those killed were not immediately known.

Last month, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called on the U.S. to end drone strikes shortly after he took the oath of office.  

On Wednesday, Pakistan's foreign office issued a statement strongly condemning the latest attack.

"These strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  Pakistan has repeatedly emphasized the importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes," the statement read.

"The Government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications.  These drone strikes have a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region," it continued.

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