PESHAWAR – Gunmen using on a bike shot and killed a policeman in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday as he escorted a crew of polio staff.
The assault within the district of Karak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province got here on the second day of a nationwide anti-polio vaccination marketing campaign that Pakistani authorities launched in an effort to eradicate the crippling illness by the tip of the yr.
The polio staff on the crew in Karak escaped unhurt, based on native police officer Irfan Khan. A seek for the attackers who fled the scene was underway, he added. Nobody instantly claimed accountability for the assault.
Pakistan frequently launches polio drives. It had hoped to eradicate polio again in 2018, when solely 12 circumstances have been reported. However within the years since there was an uptick in new circumstances. The most recent five-day anti-polio drive began Monday, with the aim to vaccinate 40 million kids throughout Pakistan.
Militants usually goal polio groups and police assigned to guard them. The Pakistani Taliban declare the campaigns are a Western conspiracy to sterilize kids.
Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan are the one two remaining international locations on the earth the place polio is endemic, after Nigeria was final yr declared freed from the wild polio virus.
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