KHAR: A health worker was killed and another injured in an attack on a polio team in Bajaur tribal region along the border with Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Officials of the political administration said the attack took place in Kamangara, 34km off here. Local people said that health workers escorted by the Levies personnel were going to administer vaccination drops in an area when they came under Kalashnikovs fire.

The deceased was identified as Roohullah and the injured as Arifullah. Levies personnel returned fire but the attackers escaped.

Members of local peace committees took the injured to a hospital in Nawagai from where he was referred to the agency headquarters hospital in Khar because of his precious condition.

Levies personnel mounted a search for the attackers and arrested several suspects.

The agency surgeon Dr Zakir Hussain told Dawn that the polio campaign being conducted by three teams in the area had been postponed after the incident.

He said 270 children could not be vaccinated in the area because of the incident.

In reply to a question, he said both victims were volunteers.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

The polio vaccination drive was launched in Bajaur on Monday and concluded on Wednesday.

Published in Dawn March 19th , 2015

On a mobile phone? Get the Dawn Mobile App: Apple Store | Google Play

Opinion

Editorial

Miles to go
Updated 14 Jul, 2024

Miles to go

Some reforms agreed with the Fund are going to seriously impact economic growth and fresh investments, at least in the short term.
Iddat ruling
14 Jul, 2024

Iddat ruling

IT was a needless, despicable spectacle which only ended up uniting both conservatives and progressives in ...
Cricket shake-up
14 Jul, 2024

Cricket shake-up

SOMEONE had to take the blame and bear the brunt of the fallout from Pakistan’s disastrous showing at the T20 ...
Injustice undone
Updated 13 Jul, 2024

Injustice undone

The SC verdict is a stunning reversal of fortunes for a party that was, both before and after general elections, being treated as a defunct entity.
Looming flour shortage
13 Jul, 2024

Looming flour shortage

FOR once, it is hard to argue against the reason that compelled flour mills to call a nationwide strike from...
Same old script
13 Jul, 2024

Same old script

WHEN it comes to the troubling issue of enforced disappearances/ missing persons — either Baloch or belonging to...