The police officer was reviewing security arrangements for a group of polio vaccination workers when gunmen opened fire.
Police officer reviewing security measures for a group of polio vaccination workers (representative photo)
By Press Trust of India: A police officer who was reviewing security measures for a group of polio vaccination workers in northwest Pakistan was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Wednesday, officials said.
District Police Officer (DPO) Muhammad Shuaib, however, escaped the encounter.
Shuaib was reviewing the security arrangements of the polio vaccination team at Koi Bhara in Dera Ismail Khan district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, when unidentified gunmen opened fire on the DPO’s vehicle, police said.
Police have launched a massive search operation to nab the culprits.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
Pakistan is one of the two polio-endemic countries in the world along with its neighbor Afghanistan.
In 2014, the World Health Organization made it mandatory for travelers from Pakistan to carry polio vaccination certificates.
Efforts to eradicate the crippling virus have been severely hampered in recent years by militants targeting vaccination teams, who oppose the campaign and claim polio drops cause infertility.