LANDIKOTAL: At least 13 people, including 12 security personnel, were killed and 11 others injured when two roadside bombs targeting a polio vaccination team in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency exploded on Saturday, according to security officials and hospital sources.
Some 12 personnel of the Khyber Khasadar Force and one child died after the bombs detonated in Lashora area of Jamrud Tehsil targeted the vehicles guarding the vaccination teams, followed by heavy firing by the terrorists. The polio team members also came under the fire and took shelter in the nearby buildings. No polio worker was killed, however a passer-by child lost his life in the attack.
Officials said that there were two blasts that targeted the polio team and Khasadars vehicles one after the other.
The paramilitary troops were guarding a convoy of polio workers who were on their way to administer anti-polio drops to children as part of a three-day campaign against polio that started on Friday. “A convoy of three vehicles was carrying polio workers to administer the drops and the bombs exploded after the first vehicle that was taking polio workers crossed the spot,” an official told Daily Times. Two vehicles belonging to the medical team were also damaged in the explosions, he added.
The officials also confirmed that the terrorists opened firing after the blasts, targeting the Khasadars and killing two of them on the spot. While five others succumbed to injuries on way to government hospital in Jamrud, officials said. Another five, who sustained injuries in the explosion near the polio team’s vehicle in the Lashora area, later succumbed to their injuries in the hospital, the hospital sources added.
A doctor at the government-run hospital in Jamrud told Daily Times that they had received 12 bodies of the Khasadar personnel besides a child while 11 others were wounded, five of them critically. A senior health official said the polio campaign had been temporarily suspended in the Jamrud area. Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
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