A police officer escorting a team of polio health workers was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Karak district on Tuesday, authorities said
A police officer escorting a team of polio health workers was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Karak district on Tuesday, authorities said.
The slain officer was providing security to a team of polio health workers, who remain unharmed.
Karak's District Police Officer (DPO) Irfanullah, while confirming the incident, said that a search operation had been launched in the area to catch the culprits. He added that the polio vaccination drive — which began across the country on Monday — had not been halted after the incident.
Parents living along the Pak-Afghan border in the Batwar village of the Bajaur district have put forward the most unusual of demands for agreeing to get their children inoculated for poliovirus.
People from Batwar have requested local authorities to provide them with internet services in exchange for allowing them to administer polio drops to their children.
The demand comes during the country’s first nationwide polio drive of the year which aims to inoculate 40 million children under the age of five.