Within short span of twenty four hours, unknown terrorists launched another assault on the security forces providing cover to the Polio vaccination team leaving at least two cops martyred and equal number of others seriously wounded this time in Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday.
Five Cops, it may be recalled, were martyred and around two dozen others received critical wounds when an Improvised Explosives Device (IED) blasted a Police van in Bajaur tribal district Monday morning. The Policemen were going to provide security to the Polio vaccination team.
“At least two cops were martyred as terrorists attacked a polio team in Bannu Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday. The team was assigned to provide security to the Polio vaccinators”. The Police said
“Exchange of fire took place between terrorists and the police force in Bannu that eventually resulted in the martyrdom of two cops and serious wounds to two others”. DIG BannuQasim Ali Khan said
The terrorists, as the Police officials claimed, have taken refuge in a house after committing the crime saying shootout between the police officials and terrorists continued till long.It may be recalled that the Polio teams administering Polio drops, mostly comprising the female health volunteers as well as the security personnel providing security to them, have been under terrorist’s attacks for the last many years in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Dozens of polio workers, mostly female, were killed and many others sustained serious injuries and scores of Policemen martyred in the assaults against the Polio workers which had not only sent a wave of terror, anxiety and harassment among the Polio staff in the country but had also attracted serious concern of the international community.