MIR ALI: One soldier was martyred in firing by unidentified miscreants on the security forces in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan tribal district on Thursday night.

Official sources said the security forces were on routine patrol when unknown militants opened fire on them, leaving one soldier dead.

The security forces cordoned off the entire area after the incident and launched a search operation. However, there were no reports about any arrest.

Attacks on the security forces in the erstwhile tribal region have increased recently. The people of the area have expressed concern over the security situation ahead of the upcoming general elections scheduled to be held on 25 July.