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Suspected US Missile Strike Kills 6 in NW Pakistan

Pakistani tribesmen gather around an injured boy at a hospital in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan on following a US drone attack, 22 May 22 2010

Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone missile strike in the tribal region on the Afghan border has killed at least six people.

The attack took place overnight in a village near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan.

Officials say the missiles targeted a house owned by a local resident. At least five women and two children were wounded in the strike.

The United States has increased its use of drone strikes to target al-Qaida and Taliban hideouts in the tribal belt along the Afghan border. The Pakistan government has objected to the strikes, saying the attacks are a violation of its sovereignty, and fuel anti-U.S. feeling in the country.

This was the fifth such strikes in the region since a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen was arrested for a failed car bombing in New York City's Times Square. U.S. officials say the Pakistani Taliban played a role in directing the failed attack on May 1.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.