Heinous attacks on Polio vaccination teams continue: Three including two policemen killed in North Waziristan

The heinous trend of attacks on Polio vaccination teams continues as three people including two policemen were killed in North Waziristan on Tuesday, according to police officials.

Two policemen identified as constable Raza Ullah and constable Din Shaheed, along with a Polio worker, Rasheed Ullah, were killed by unidentified assailants while one civilian was injured in the incident.

Deputy Commissioner Shahid Ali Khan confirmed the attack and the three deaths to media.

The second sub-national Immunization Days (SNIDs) campaign started on Monday. It aims to vaccinate at least 12.6 million children in four provinces covering at least 25 very high-risk districts.

All three killed were residents of Dattakhel and were on their duty of polio vaccination during the ongoing polio-free campaign in the area of North Waziristan. After the incident, the police and security forces cordoned off the area and a search operation for arrest of culprits was started.

It is also important to note that the country-wide toll of Polio cases has reached a number of 11 in 2022 after a new case was reported last week in an eight-month boy from Mir Ali, North Waziristan.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two countries left in the world with the crippling disease.

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