Published On: Sun, Dec 29th, 2013
Published in Category: Peshawar

Anti-polio team comes under attack in Peshawar, incharge killed, 2 hurt

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Peshawar: Incharge of anti-polio team killed, two others wounded as campaign team came under attack at Matni area of Peshawar on Saturday, officials said.

Police said anti-polio team was arrived at Matni hospital when unidentified gunmen opened fire on them.

Team incharge Zahir Shah was killed on spot while a lady health worker was among two hurt in Saturday attack.

Wounded staff shifted to emergency ward of the same hospital where they were shot by the miscreants.

PTI led KPK government has kicked off anti-polio campaign in the troubled province where health workers and police escort them have been targeted by the militant who believe anti-polio is against Islamic values.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Pakistani Taliban have repeatedly targeted health workers who are vaccinating against polio, accusing them of being spies.

The violence has seriously hampered the immunization campaign in Pakistan, which is one of the three countries in the world where polio is endemic.

The resistance to polio vaccination by Taliban militants stiffened after the May 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in northern Pakistan as revelations surfaced that the Central Intelligence Agency had used Dr. Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor, to run a fake vaccination campaign to gain access into Bin Laden’s hide out.

Since then, Taliban insurgents have increased their attacks on the vaccination work and issued religious edicts claiming that the United States uses it as a guise to run a spying network. Hard-line religious extremists also claim that the vaccinations aim to sterilize Muslims.
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