Unidentified gunmen shot useless a police constable escorting a staff of polio employees in northwest Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakthunkhwa province on Sunday.
The constable was killed by the gunmen using a motorbike whereas he was becoming a member of the polio employees within the tribal district of Dhal Behzadi of Kohat district, about 75 kilometers south of provincial capital Peshawar.
Members of the vaccination get together are mentioned to be protected. No group has but taken accountability for the assault. Police groups rushed to space and began a cordon and search operation for the attackers.
Chief Minister Mehmud Khan condemned the assault and vowed to nab the perpetrators. Such acts of cowardice can not deter our resolve to wipe out this crippling illness, he mentioned.
A 5 day vaccination drive is at the moment underway in Pakistan. The assault comes on the third day of it.
Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan are the one two remaining international locations on the earth the place polio is endemic after Nigeria was declared freed from poliovirus final 12 months.
The Pakistan authorities has suspended the anti-polio drive and post-campaign analysis up to now following the rising variety of assaults on polio employees in numerous components of the nation.
Makes an attempt to eradicate the crippling illness have been significantly hampered by lethal concentrating on of vaccination groups in recent times by militants, who oppose the drives, claiming that the polio drops trigger infertility.
Final month, two separate such assaults have been reported within the province.