Pakistan bomb blast kills five polio vaccination guard police
Pakistan bomb blast kills five polio vaccination guard police
Pakistan bomb blast kills five polio vaccination guard police
by DZRH News10 January 2024
A police officer, who was injured after a bomb blast on polio vaccination guard duty in the Bajaur tribal district, receives first aid at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan January 8, 2024. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

By Mushtaq Ali

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb blast in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border killed five police on polio vaccination guard duty and wounded more than 20 on Monday, the latest in a series of attacks by Islamist militants ahead of the Feb. 8 national elections.

The Pakistan Taliban, an umbrella group of militants also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility in a statement sent to Reuters.

The blast hit a truck full of police on their way to guard a polio vaccination drive in the Bajur tribal district, police official Kashif Zulfikar said.


Islamist militants in Pakistan often target polio vaccination teams, believing the immunisation effort is a Western tool to spy on them and make Muslims infertile.

The TTP has been waging a war against the state for years, seeking to overthrow the government and replace it with a harsh brand of Islamic rule.

The militants have ramped up their attacks since they revoked a ceasefire with the government last year.

Political analysts have voiced concern, with some politicians calling for a delay in the elections in the northwest.


A six-man suicide squad drove an explosive-laden truck into a military camp in northwest Pakistan last month, killing at least 23 soldiers, the heaviest death toll in a single attack in years.

(Writing by Asif Shahzad; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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