PESHAWAR: A major-ranked officer of the Pakistan Army was killed late on Sunday night as militants attacked a checkpost in Speen tehsil of North Waziristan.

Five militants were also killed after exchange of fire with the forces. Militants attacked Dandi Kuch checkpost situated in Kaka Ziarat area of Spin Wam near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border killing an officer of the Pakistan Army identified as Major Ismail. The area lies adjacent to Afghanistan's Khost province.

Security sources said that the attackers, who had used light and heavy weapons, managed to escape from the site taking advantage of darkness and also took away the bodies of the colleagues. Following the attack, security forces launched a crackdown, killing 22 suspected terrorists. The body of the deceased 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 killed during clashes between militants and Pakistan Army in the same area of the agency. North Waziristan is one of the seven regions in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) governed by tribal laws which is situated along the Pak-Afghan border and is rife with Taliban militant activity. The Pakistan Army launched Zarb-i-Azb, a comprehensive operation in North Waziristan tribal region last summer to drive out Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other extremist militants who launch attacks on government and civilian targets, a week after the brazen insurgent attack on the country's busiest airport in Karachi.–Nation Monitoring