Washington has long used drone strikes to take out militants in tribal areas.

PESHAWAR (Web Desk) – At least nineteen people have been killed while several others injured in three US drone strikes during last 36 hours in North Waziristan tribal region, Dunya News reported on Tuesday.

In the latest attack, six people were killed and 11 injured when a U.S. drone fired two missiles on militant commander Mustaqeem’s centre in Kandghar area of Shawal today.

Earlier today, at least eight people were killed and four sustained injuries in drone strike in the same area.

According to sources, the drone targeted house of Tehreek-e-Taliban commander Habib’s house where a large number of people were present to attend a meeting.

Earlier on Monday, a U.S. drone strike fired two missiles on a house in Kandghar area of Shawal district, killing at least five people including key militant commander and injuring three others.

It is the tenth U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan Agency this year. 16 people were killed in the strike om Dargah Mandi area on June 11. Another six were killed in the same area on June 18. On July 10, six people were killed in U.S. drone strike in Dattakhel area while 22 people were killed in the same area on July 16 and 19.

Six people were killed in drone attack on August 6 in Dattakhel area and 10 people were killed in the attack in Lorhan Mandi area on September 24.

U.S. drone strikes are widely unpopular in Pakistan, where many consider them a violation of national sovereignty that also killed civilians. Washington has long used drone strikes to take out militants in areas.

Pakistan Army also launched a major anti-militant offensive the area in mid-June and say they have killed more than 1,000 militants so far, with 86 soldiers losing their lives in the operation.