Polio team security attacked in Bajaur Agency

Published: October 31, 2017
Representational image. PHOTO: AFP

Representational image. PHOTO: AFP

SHABQADAR: At least three Levy personnel were injured when an improvised explosive device went off after coming in contact with their vehicle at Rashakai in Bajaur Agency.

The IED, planted at Janat Shah Dry Waterway [Khwar] hit the vehicle when it was patrolling the Rashakai area of Khar tehsil for a polio team’s security, sources confirmed to The Express Tribune.

Hospital officials confirmed that sepoy Saeed Ullah, Zahid Ullah and Shafi Ullah sustained minor injuries and were currently stable.

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Meanwhile, security forces and political administration cordoned off the area and begun a search operation.

The levies were providing security to polio teams for a three-day campaign in Fata that started on Monday.

A total of 10, 34, 660 below the age of five are expected to be vaccinated by 4, 317 teams comprising of 3, 931 mobile, 290 fixed and 96 transit teams, according to EOC Fata.

No polio team has been reported in the Bajaur Agency since 2014 while Fata has been polio-free since July, 2016.


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