(ISLAMABAD) -- At least five alleged militants were killed and four others injured in a U.S. drone strike in northern Pakistan on Thursday. The attack involved four missiles that targeted a madrassa in the semi-tribal Spin Tal region of Hangu district. The identities of those killed were not immediately known. In a statement Thursday, Pakistan condemed the attack, saying drone strikes "are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity."
Noting that it has raised its concerns with the U.S. before, Pakistan said: "It has been consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations."
Pakistan added that the strikes "have a negative impact on the Government’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region."
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