Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead a senior member of the country’s polio eradication campaign in northwest Pakistan, police said on Sunday, in the latest attack on immunisation teams by extremists.
Attempts to eradicate polio in Pakistan have been hit by militant attacks on inoculation teams that have claimed more than 100 lives since December 2012.
Doctor Zakaullah Khan, a seasoned member of Peshawar’'s polio vaccination campaign near the country’s restive tribal belt, was killed late Saturday when gunmen on a motorbike opened fire near his house, a senior police official told AFP.
Imtiaz Ahmad, a provincial spokesman for the immunisation campaign, also confirmed the killing.
A faction of the Pakistani Taliban, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement, sent to AFP, the group’s spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan vowed to carry out more attacks.
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