MIRANSHAH: A major-ranked officer of the Pakistan Army was martyred late on Sunday night as militants attacked a checkpost in Speen tehsil of North Waziristan.
Political administration officials confirmed that Major Ismael was martyred late on Sunday night when a group of militants targeted a military checkpost located in Dandi Katch area near the Pak-Afghan border.
Following the attack, security forces launched a crackdown, killing 22 suspected terrorists.
The body of the Shaheed major was airlifted to Peshawar, where his funeral prayers were offered, and later sent to his native town for burial.
On Sunday, 15 suspected militants were killed in airstrikes at two different locations in Shawal, North Waziristan, officials had said on Sunday evening.
In a similar attack on August 24, a lieutenant colonel and a soldier were martyred during clashes between militants and Pakistan Army in the same area of the agency.
Pakistan Army has been fighting a major offensive in the area since June last year.