3 policemen injured in firing on polio team in NW Pakistan-Xinhua

3 policemen injured in firing on polio team in NW Pakistan

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2023-05-25 17:39:15

ISLAMABAD, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Three policemen were injured in a firing incident in Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday, police said.

The cops were deployed at the security of polio workers during a door-to-door campaign to administer polio vaccine to kids when they were attacked by unknown gunmen in Khyber district of the province, the Khyber police said in a statement.

The polio team remained safe in the attack, and the drive to vaccinate the kids has been temporarily suspended in the area.

The injured policemen were shifted to a nearby hospital, whereas a search operation has been kicked off in the area to arrest the fleeing militants.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

A five-day anti-polio drive in 12 districts of the province kicked off on Monday, with an aim to administer vaccines to over 3.5 million children under five years of age.

According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, all the new polio cases reported in Pakistan since January 2021 are from seven polio-endemic districts in the southern part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.