NORTH WAZIRISTAN - At least 15 suspected militants were killed in airstrikes at two different locations in Shawal, North Waziristan, officials said on Sunday evening.

The, officials in Peshawar confirmed “12 to 15 people” were killed in airstrikes.

However, officials in political administration in Waziristan said the toll was 17, adding that a number of hideouts were targeted in Zway Narai and Gorbal areas of Shawal’s mountainous region.

The security forces are engaged in Operation Zarb-e-Azab against militants in FATA since June 15, 2014.

Recently, the military action was extended to Shawal’s mountainous region. Earlier on August 29, 14 terrorists were killed in airstrikes in the valley.

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, according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).