Taliban known – Pakistan: three killed in attack on vaccination campaign

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Three people were killed and 28 others injured in a suicide bombing during a polio vaccination campaign in southwest Pakistan, police said. According to police, the bomb hit a vehicle carrying police officers in the city of Quetta. These had the task of protecting the vaccination campaign.

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. At the beginning of the week, the Islamists called off a ceasefire agreed with the government. The fatalities are said to be a police officer, a woman and a child. Islamists repeatedly attack polio vaccination teams in Pakistan, believing them to be Western spies or suspecting Western conspiracies against Muslims behind the campaigns.

Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where there are still new cases of polio. After only one case of polio was diagnosed in Pakistan in 2021, the number has risen again this year. The authorities therefore only started a new vaccination campaign against polio in November.

Source: Krone

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