KARACHI: At least seven police officials died succumbing to injuries sustained in a result of firing on police van deployed for the security of Polio workers in Bangla Bazar, Orangi Town on Wednesday, Aaj News reported.
Feroz Shah, a senior police official, told AFP that eight gunmen carried out the killings in two separate attacks in the city’s western Orangi Town neighbourhood.
“The gunmen first opened fire on three policemen in the streets of Orangi Town, killing them all,” he said, adding: “Later they shot dead four policemen, who were sitting in a police mobile van” a few streets away.
Abdul Kareem, an official in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where the bodies were taken, also confirmed the casualties.
PM Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack on security team of Polio workers.
SSP and DSP are on the move to reach the location, according to the report. Investigation has been started in the area. Rangers has taken the area under surveillance.
Anti-polio campaigns begun in Karachi on Monday.
During a three-day campaign anti-polio volunteers had to cover 188 union councils of 18 towns in Karachi. Over 24,60000 children under the age of five were planned to be vaccinated in the drive.
Pakistan is one of only two countries where polio, a crippling childhood disease, remains endemic. Attempts to eradicate it have been badly hit by militant attacks on immunisation teams that have claimed nearly 80 lives since December 2012.
Islamist groups including the Taliban say the polio vaccination drive is a front for espionage or a conspiracy to sterilise Muslims.
In 2014 the number of polio cases recorded in Pakistan soared to 306, the highest in 14 years, before falling to 52 in 2015.
The most recent attack came in January, when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a polio vaccination centre in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing 15 people — two civilians and 13 security officials
Inputs from AFP