A US drone fired missiles on a house in Wacha Dhaara area of Shawal Valley.

PESHAWAR (Web Desk / Agencies) – At least six people were killed a US drone strike in North Waziristan tribal region on Thursday morning, Dunya News reported.

According to sources, a US drone fired missiles on a house in Wacha Dhaara area of Shawal Valley, killing six people.

The deceased were foreigners, sources told.

Pakistan s semi-autonomous areas have long been a hideout for militants of all stripes — including TTP, Al Qaeda and other foreign fighters.

Thursday s drone strike in Pakistan was the second of its kind in the country in 2015. To date, at least 17 suspected militant have reportedly been killed in such strikes since the start of the year.

Drone strikes in Pakistan stopped for the first six months last year while the government held peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban. But the talks failed and the strikes resumed days before the military announced a major anti-Taliban offensive in North Waziristan on June 15, 2014.

Security forces have stepped up operations against the Taliban in response to a December 16 school massacre in which more than 130 children were killed, but details of its efforts are sketchy as independent journalists are not allowed in North Waziristan.

U.S. drone strikes are deeply unpopular in Pakistan and the government is officially against them, even though many senior TTP commanders have been killed in such attacks in past years.