Pakistani gunman attacks police guarding polio team, killing one

On December 17, 2017, military vehicles and ambulances gathered outside the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church after being attacked by armed groups in Quetta, Pakistan. (Naseer Ahmed / Reuters)

Peshawar, Pakistan-Shooters attacked two police guarding polio vaccinated workers in northwestern Pakistan, shooting one and injuring the other, officials said Saturday.

Mohammad Krasani, a spokesman for the Terik e Taliban Pakistan, known as the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility. This was the first attack since Friday’s TTP announced the end of a month’s ceasefire with the government. The ceasefire was announced in November during peace talks between the two sides.

According to Aimal Khan, a spokesman for the vaccination campaign, the attack took place on the second day of a five-day anti-polio drive in the Tank district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, vaccination of 6.5 million children in the state. Did.

Police officer Sajjad Ahmed fired at police teams escorting polio vaccinated in the Chadara area by two motorcycle shooters, killing one police officer on the spot and seriously injuring frontier police officers. He inflicted, but said members of the vaccination team were unharmed.

Pakistani militants often target polio teams and police assigned to protect them, claiming that vaccination campaigns are a Western conspiracy to kill children.

Pakistan and adjacent Afghanistan are the only remaining two countries in the world where polio is endemic after Nigeria was declared virus-free last year.

Associated Press