There were no police personnel guarding them
Two lady health workers were killed after unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on a team of anti-polio vaccinators in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Swabi district, a senior police official confirmed Wednesday.
According to DPO Swabi Imran Shahid, the incident took place in Swabi’s Parmoli area around 3pm on Wednesday. A lady health worker was killed on the spot and another was wounded.
The wounded health worker was shifted to a Peshawar hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Health officials told SAMAA TV they had asked authorities to provide security to anti-polio teams in the entire district, but they were only provided protection in the ‘high risk’ areas.
Jihad Khan, the Parmoli police station SHO, confirmed that the health workers had not been accompanied by security personnel at the time of the attack. He said both the health workers had been returning to their office in Mir Ali after discharging their duties.
SHO Khan said the Basic Health Unit didn’t seek security for them in the area. Police had surrounded the vicinity and were looking for shooters.
The attack comes amid a surge in polio cases in Pakistan. At least six new polio cases have surfaced in the country in January 2020. Two of them were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In 2019, 136 polio cases were reported across the country. Of them, 92 were from KP.
Police personnel guarding anti-polio teams have also come under attack in KP.
In December 2019, a police constable, Mukarram Khan, was killed in Lower Dir while guarding a team of anti-polio vaccinators.