PESHAWAR: A Pakistani policeman was shot dead yesterday while protecting a polio vaccination team, police said, bringing the death toll in such attacks to 20 since December.
No one has claimed responsibility for the killings. But the umbrella Taliban faction last year banned vaccinations in the tribal region of Waziristan, alleging the campaign was a cover for espionage.
Yesterday’s killing happened at Ghalla Dher on the second day of a three-day local anti-polio campaign. “Two people came on a motorbike. They opened fire and shot the policeman dead,” Mardan district police chief Danishwar Khan said. AFP