World Bulletin / News Desk
Gunmen shot dead a policeman guarding polio vaccinators in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi Monday, officials said.
This is the second such attack in the past one week in the country’s commercial capital.
Chaudry Asad, a senior city police official, said the slain policeman was shot in the head by attackers riding a motorcycle. Asad said gunmen were now deliberately shooting policemen in the head.
“Terrorists are shooting policemen escorting polio vaccinators in the head because they have been provided with bullet-proof jackets and other safety equipment. In the previous attack on Jan. 19, a policeman was also shot in the head,” the officer added.
Polio vaccinators face huge risks to their lives across the country, including southwestern Baluchistan and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhawa provinces, and adjoining tribal belt.
According to local media reports, at least 41 vaccinators have lost their lives in the country, while scores of volunteers continue to face death threats.
Pakistan is one of three countries, including Nigeria and Afghanistan, where the polio virus is endemic. The World Health Organization placed travel restrictions on the country in June 2014 in a bid to contain the spread of polio.
Some 278 polio cases – 80 percent from the northwestern tribal belt – were reported in Pakistan in 2014. Two fresh cases were reported this month.