PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say a roadside bomb has killed a police officer guarding a polio vaccination drive in the outskirts of northwestern city of Peshawar.
Police official Ibrahim Khan says another officer was wounded in the attack during the weekly anti-polio campaign in the Budhni area on Sunday.
Khan said the two officers were patrolling a road leading to the suburban neighborhood where anti-polio teams were vaccinating children.
Anti-polio teams or their guards have been frequently targeted in Pakistan by Islamic militants, who say the campaigns are a tool for spying and claim the vaccine makes boys sterile.
Pakistan is one of the few remaining countries where polio persists and most cases found in its northwest, where militants make it difficult to reach children for vaccination.