NORTH WAZIRISTAN- At least five people were killed while two others injured in a drone strike in Data Khel Tehsil of North Waziristan near the border of Afghanistan.

The attack came in North Waziristan, where for the past two months the Pakistani military has been fighting to wipe out longstanding bases of Taliban and other militants. According to sources, the drone fired two missiles on a house, killing five people.

US drone strikes have picked up since the military offensive in Waziristan after a near six month hiatus. Since 12 June at least seven drone strikes have been reported in the tribal areas.

The assault by Pakistan s military was launched after a dramatic attack by militants on Karachi airport which killed dozens of people and marked the end of a faltering peace process with the Pakistani Taliban.

More than 400 militants and 25 soldiers have been killed in the assault so far, according to the military, though the area is off-limits to journalists, making it impossible to verify the number and identity the dead independently.

Pakistan routinely protests against US drone strikes, saying they are a violation of sovereignty and counterproductive in the fight against terror. More than 800,000 people have been forced to flee from North Waziristan by the assault, with most ending up in the nearby town of Bannu.