Passerby killed in polio vaccination team attack
MASTUNG—A man was killed while the members of polio immunization campaign narrowly escaped after being attacked by unknown armed men here on Monday as anti polio campaign began across Balochistan.
Police said that unidentified armed men ambushed polio vaccination team in main bazaar of Mastung. Members of the vaccination team survived unhurt in the attack while a passerby was killed after being hit by a bullet.
The assailants managed to flee from the scene after committing the crime. The body was shifted to hospital where it was handed over to heirs after postmortem.
The police cordoned of the area after the attack and conducted search operation in the area but the attackers managed to flee. A case has been registered against unknown armed men and investigation was in progress. Earlier three-day antipolio drive kicked-off in Balochistan province on Monday that aims at vaccinating over 2.3 million children. 6,773 teams while 825 fixed and 340 transit points have been established for the cause. Thousands of police and Balochistan Constabulary personnel have been tasked with security of at least 7,938 mobile polio teams.
Contingents of Frontier Constabulary (FC) will also perform duties.
Health department has made arrangements in 12 mohajir camps to vaccinate at least 50,000 Afghan migrants as well. Attacks on polio teams in Balochistan and other parts of the country have complicated vaccination drives for health authorities. In January at least 15 persons were killed in a blast outside an anti-polio centre in Quetta