None of the polio personnel had been harmed, said Mohammad Imran, a community law enforcement formal. The four polio staff and their police escort were all touring on motorcycles.
The assailants fled the scene and no 1 promptly claimed responsibility for the attack in the city of Gomal, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan.
The attack came on the second day of Pakistan’s most current anti-polio campaign in the province. Pakistan has registered 14 new polio scenarios since April, all from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The outbreak has been a blow to the Islamic nation’s endeavours to eradicate the disease, which can trigger critical paralysis in little ones.
Pakistan’s anti-polio campaigns are frequently marked by violence as Islamic militants typically goal polio teams and law enforcement defending them, falsely boasting that the vaccination campaigns are a Western conspiracy to sterilize small children.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only nations around the world in the world exactly where polio stays endemic. In 2021, Pakistan claimed only just one situation, boosting hopes it was close to eradicating polio.