PESHAWAR - At least eight persons were killed as a result of missile strikes at two different places near Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan Agency, in early hours of Monday. Though identity of the killed persons couldn't be ascertained so far but they included some non-local and alleged foreign militants. As per details, a vehicle of the alleged Taliban militants at village Ghawakha near Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan Agency, was targeted through missile attack. All the four on board were killed and the vehicle was destroyed. The officials in Wana confirmed two casualties in this strike. However, the local tribesmen informed that four persons were killed. There were Anti-Aircraft guns installed on the vehicle, occupied by the local and non-local militants, they added. The second missile targeted another vehicle in the border region of Azam Warsak, killing four on board. The tribesmen informed that the third missile missing the target landed close to a house in Doog-Karikot near Wana. A vehicle of the alleged militants was the target of the missile. AFP adds: At least 15 militants and two soldiers were killed Monday in gunbattles in a restive Swat Valley, the military said. Troops backed by helicopter gunships targeted militant hideouts in the Shakardara district of the Swat valley, a stronghold for fighters linked to the Taliban, it said in a statement. "During a successful operation 15 militants were killed and several others were injured, and their dens and centres were destroyed," the military said. "Two of our men also embraced martyrdom and two others were injured," the statement added.