Another police officer escorting polio workers killed in Pakistan
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a police officer escorting a team of polio workers in northwest Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakthunkhwa province on Monday, the second such incident in two days.
A search operation to arrest the killers is underway, they said.
The policeman was returning home after being with a polio team when he came under fire, police said.
Polio health workers and law enforcement officials who are tasked with providing security have often be en targeted by militants and miscreants in Pakistan.
Last week, the federal government had announced to launch a nationwide five-day polio immunisation drive from August 2 to inoculate 23 million children against the crippling disease.
The Pakistan government has suspended the anti-polio drive and post-campaign evaluation in the past following the increasing number of attacks on polio workers in different parts of the country.
Attempts to eradicate the crippling disease have been seriously hampered by deadly targeting of vaccination teams in recent years by militants, who oppose the drives, claiming that the polio drops cause infertility.
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