A police officer in charge of protecting a polio vaccination team died Sunday after being shot dead by strangers in the Pakistani city of Kohat () on the third day of a five-day vaccine distribution campaign in Jíber Pajtunjua.
Kohat Police Chief Sohail Khalid has indicated that the area where the attack took place was cordoned off shortly afterwards and confirmed that an operation to arrest those responsible is underway, but no arrests are currently underway, according to the Pakistani daily ” Dawn “. .
The agent, identified as Sayid Husain, was accompanying a medical team vaccinating a group of children in the city, an event that prompted authorities to tighten security around this vaccination campaign.
According to Dawn, a total of 40 health workers and 16 police officers have died in attacks on these vaccination campaigns since 2012, half of them in Jiber Pajtunjua, a region near the border with Afghanistan.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), polio, a highly contagious disease that primarily affects children, is mainly transmitted through the fecal and oral route. The virus is only endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan after Nigeria declared its eradication in 2020.