December 2021: Violence mars polio campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Violence marred an anti-polio campaign in northwestern Pakistan in December, with shooters from the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) killing police officers escorting vaccination teams in two separate incidents. The attacks occurred during a five-day drive to vaccinate 6.5 million children in Tank, a remote district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on the border with Afghanistan. Since 2012, dozens of health workers and police officers have been killed during polio vaccination campaigns in the country. More than half of the attacks have taken place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where 20 polio workers and 10 police personnel have died. Al Jazeera (1); Al Jazeera (2); The News International

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