PESHAWAR: A policeman was shot dead Tuesday while protecting a polio vaccination team, police said, bringing the death toll in such attacks to 20 since December.
No one has claimed responsibility for the killings.
Tuesday’s killing happened at Ghalla Dher on the outskirts of the northwestern town of Mardan, on the second day of a three-day local anti-polio campaign.
“The female vaccinators went inside a house to administer the polio drops. A police guard accompanying the team was waiting outside,” Mardan district police chief Danishwar Khan told AFP.
“Two people came on a motorbike. They opened fire and shot the policeman dead,” he added.