PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A police official says a roadside bomb has wounded six tribal policemen escorting a team of polio workers in northwest Pakistan.
Police official Nawabzada Khan says the attack took place Saturday when an anti-polio team was traveling through the Lashora village of Jamrud tribal region in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
He says all the polio workers were unharmed, as the bomb hit only the escort vehicle.
No one claimed responsibility, but 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.