19 September, 2014 / Ziqa'ad 23, 1435
Image taken from television footage shows security carrying the coffin of one of the Khasadar personnel killed in Saturday's attack on a polio vaccination team in Jamrud, Khyber agency.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Image taken from television footage shows security carrying the coffin of one of the Khasadar personnel killed in Saturday's attack on a polio vaccination team in Jamrud, Khyber agency.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Image taken from television footage shows the wreckage of a vehicle from Saturday's attack on a polio vaccination team in Jamrud, Khyber agency.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Image taken from television footage shows the wreckage of a vehicle from Saturday's attack on a polio vaccination team in Jamrud, Khyber agency.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Image taken from television footage shows people gathering for the funeral of the Khasadar personnel killed in Saturday's attack on a polio vaccination team in Jamrud, Khyber agency.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Image taken from television footage shows people gathering for the funeral of the Khasadar personnel killed in Saturday's attack on a polio vaccination team in Jamrud, Khyber agency.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Image taken from television footage shows the wreckage of a vehicle from Saturday's attack on a polio vaccination team in Jamrud, Khyber agency.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Image taken from television footage shows the wreckage of a vehicle from Saturday's attack on a polio vaccination team in Jamrud, Khyber agency.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Image taken from television footage shows people gathering for the funeral of the Khasadar personnel killed in Saturday's attack on a polio vaccination team in Jamrud, Khyber agency.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Image taken from television footage shows people gathering for the funeral of the Khasadar personnel killed in Saturday's attack on a polio vaccination team in Jamrud, Khyber agency.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: At least 11 people were killed and 10 wounded Saturday in bomb attacks targetting security personnel guarding a polio vaccination team in Khyber tribal agency.

The blasts in Lashoro area of the tribal region’s Jamrud district were the latest attack on efforts to stamp out the crippling disease in Pakistan, which is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic.

Assistant Political Agent Nasir Khan confirmed that ten members of the Khasadar forces were killed in the attack, which damaged two vehicles belonging to the security forces.

A child was also among the dead, said Khan.

Another political administration officer, Siddiq Khan, said the two planted IEDs which exploded back to back were detonated through remote-controlled devices. One of the vehicles was completely destroyed while the other was partially damaged.

Dr Rehman Khan, a surgeon at the agency hospital in Jamrud, confirmed the death toll.

The doctor said eight of the wounded were brought to the Jamrud hospital, while two other were taken to the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar.

Polio persists in Pakistan with militant groups seeing vaccination campaigns as a cover for espionage.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Pakistan recorded 91 cases of polio last year, up from 58 in 2012.

WHO has warned that Peshawar is the world's “largest reservoir” of polio.

Pakistan's struggle to defeat polio stands in stark contrast to its neighbour and great rival India, which recently celebrated three years since its last polio case.

Afghanistan and Nigeria are the other countries where the disease remains.


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Parvez
Mar 01, 2014 02:25pm

......and we have stopped hitting them.....WHY ?

Oz
Mar 01, 2014 02:31pm

Now that 10 more families have been ruined, what is the govt going to do, send another jet for making a headline of the day ?

This is outrageous, I can guarantee that if there was a national vote - a vast majority would support a full operation against terrorists. But then again.. the election results could easily be rigged - after all 'the govt has a history'

Danish Haider
Mar 01, 2014 03:44pm

"A child was also among the dead."

I am sitting in my office UAE thousands of miles away from Khyber Agency (Pakistan) the above-mentioned one-line has made me cry. I this the value of human life in Pakistan?

No dialogue, zero tolerance, no mercy.......... Taliban (Pakistani/Afghan) and their supporters should be brought to justice. Gen. Raheel, we request you not to stop air raids also start ground operation and crush to animals with iron hands.

Muhammad Faroo
Mar 01, 2014 03:47pm

What is this government waiting for to exterminate these brutes?

Ayesha Khan
Mar 01, 2014 04:10pm

How can Polio Vaccination be an Espionage? Maybe Imran Khan should Invite The TTP over a Cup of Tea, perhaps they might explain.

Muhammad Hanif
Mar 01, 2014 04:18pm

Craven Politicians Not Entitled To Rule

When the authorities launch a polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan, the belligerent Taliban hit the health workers. They level accusations against the victims for providing a cover to international espionage and sterilizing the general public. That is why Pakistan is one of the three countries where polio remains endemic.

The terrorists send defiant messages to the government officials, so they do not pluck courage to deal a crushing blow to the TTP and its multiple franchises. Insurgency is an apparently insoluble problem for the parliamentarians. If the cabinet, the key decision-making forum of the government, is impotent to take on the terrorists, they should tender their resignation.

Ragu
Mar 01, 2014 04:40pm

My God- are these human beings who bomb those who come to cure little children against dreaded polio? How come no mullah issues a fatwa against these killers?

A Li
Mar 01, 2014 06:53pm

Where's ttp's ceasefire in this case. Shame on these cowards.

GKBaloch
Mar 01, 2014 06:59pm

11 killed , Sharif's government in the centre , Imran's government in KPK want to talk to talibans, 10th century cutthroats who don't understand the hazard if a child is not administered polio vaccine. Families of Khasadars are paying the price, and for rest of us if nothing happened, a usual blast. 11 killed become statistics.

Zafar
Mar 01, 2014 08:21pm

Is this part of the month long ceasefire that they announced? I guess we will have to reciprocate with our "ceasefire" as well.

Aqbal
Mar 02, 2014 05:23am

Sad. Very sad for the many lives lost ... One gets the picture of donkey-riding, almost-cave-dwelling people armed with modern weapons, adhering to an out dated desert-creed attacking the good people of science coming to save children and grandchildren from Polio. To the good people we must say: please do not give up. To those with the means: we say it is time to make the the prevalent creed stand on it's head. Bring modern Science and English teaching there to open up very closed minds.

Last Word
Mar 02, 2014 08:02pm

How on this earth the Pak govt is holding talks with a outfit who doesn't even know the benefits of polio drops used world wide and killing those who are helping in eliminating polio in Pakistan ? By killing thousands of unarmed civilians they are not even following the principles of Islam but claiming to bring true Islamic traditions in the country. Such barbaric lot only need to be eliminated by the armed forces of Pakistan soon before they kill another half a lac innocents.

independentthinker
Mar 03, 2014 01:30am

And we want to have a meaningful discussion with them???? These terrorists don't understand negotiations - they will either have full control over us or we rid ourselves of them. There is no third option! I hope our government and military are not waiting to see another incident before they are convinced that they need to complete their mission and not give these insurgents another opportunity. Too many lives have been lost - we can't afford another one!

Khalid
Mar 03, 2014 07:34pm

How interesting that India with a huge population has been able to eradicate Polio (a country is considered Polio free if there are no reported cases for three consecutive years) and Pakistan is now standing tall with countries such as Afghanistan, Ethopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Somalia. Anyone travelling from Pakistan to anywhere in the world now requires a vaccination certificate to prove that they have had Polio vaccination. We can't control a simple disease like Polio and every opportunity we get, we try to tell the world (with arrogance) as to how smart we are as a nation.