A policeman was killed in a terrorist attack on a polio vaccination team in the northwest of Pakistan. The team was attacked by unidentified gunmen in Latambar area of Karak district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Policemen were providing security to the team during the attack on Tuesday. Then a policeman patrolling the area died during the shootout. No one has claimed responsibility for this attack yet.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are countries around the world where the polio epidemic is still present. Even before this, terrorists have been hindering vaccination efforts. They allege that vaccination campaigns help Western spies.
In fact, in 2011, the US commandos killed the international terrorist and al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. It was later revealed that the US intelligence agency CIA had conducted a fake hepatitis vaccination campaign to catch Laden. In the years following this disclosure, attacks on vaccination campaigns in Pakistan increased.