Pakistani Police Officer Assigned to Escort Polio Vaccination Workforce Killed in Bombing

Pakistani Police Officer Assigned to Escort Polio Vaccination Team Killed in Bombing

(PESHAWAR, Pakistan) — A roadside bombing focused a police car in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing a policeman and wounding three others, officers stated. The police had been assigned to escort well being employees throughout an anti-polio vaccination marketing campaign within the area.

Nobody instantly claimed accountability for the bombing in Kolachi, a city within the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which borders Afghanistan. Pakistan often carries out anti-polio drives, regardless of assaults and threats by the Taliban who declare the marketing campaign is a Western conspiracy to sterilize youngsters.

Pakistani safety forces had been looking out the realm for the attackers, stated police official Wahid Khan. No polio employees had been touring with the police on the time of the bombing, he added.

Assaults on anti-polio campaigns elevated within the years following revelations {that a} faux hepatitis vaccination marketing campaign was used as a ruse by the CIA within the hunt for al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. commandos in 2011 in Pakistan.

The newest assault got here after Pakistan on Monday launched a three-day nationwide vaccination marketing campaign towards the crippling illness.

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the one three international locations on the earth the place polio continues to be endemic. Pakistan had hoped to make the nation polio-free in 2018 however failed to satisfy the goal due to a sudden surge within the new polio circumstances. Since January, 17 new circumstances of polio have been reported in Pakistan.