Militants targeted polio vaccination team, killed policeman
Islamabad: Suspected militants targeted a polio vaccination team in Pakistan’s restive northwest on Tuesday, killing a policeman who was protecting the vaccinators, officials said.
Additional police forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation. No group claimed responsibility for the attack though the Taliban have for long opposed the polio vaccination campaign.
On January 1, six women and a man working for a NGO involved in polio vaccinations were shot dead in Swabi district.
Last month, eight volunteers involved in a polio vaccination campaign were gunned down in a string of attacks in the southern port city of Karachi and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
The attacks prompted UN agencies to withdraw their workers from the vaccination campaign.