Pakistani Taliban target cop guarding polio vaccine workers Dec 12, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaIslamabadMilitants fighting Pakistan’s security forces on Saturday targeted a team of polio vaccine handlers, killing a policeman, hours after the militants ended a temporary ceasefire with the government. The gun attack occurred in the Tank district of the north-western province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, local police officer Sajjad Ahamd said. Gunmen, who were riding a motorbike, opened fire at the polio team and a paramilitary officer was injured in the attack after which they escaped. The Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack. The health workers, mostly young women, and police guards go door-to-door all across the country to vaccinate children up to the age of 5 multiple times a year.Militants linked with al-Qaeda often attack health workers. Dozens of vaccine handlers and security officials have been killed by Taliban militants in the past.The militants accuse the health workers of acting as spies and claim the polio vaccine is intended to make Muslim children sterile.Polio is a disease that especially affects children, and can cripple people for life.Around 80,000 Pakistani civilians and security forces have been killed in suicide bombings, bomb assaults and gun attacks by the Taliban in almost two decades of violence.On Friday, the TTP ended a month-long ceasefire that was arranged with the help of the Afghan Taliban, accusing the Pakistani government of breaching the agreement. Security experts said they fear a surge in violence after the collapse of last-minute talks to extend the ceasefire. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Lebanon Palestinian refugee camp explosion that killed one person was caused by an electrical fault, says Hamas Dec 12, 2021 0 0 West waves sanctions stick to ‘tame’ China Dec 12, 2021 0 0 Afghans offered courses at digital university in exile Dec 12, 2021 0 0 ‘Good agreement’ in nuke talks is reachable, says Iranian President TEHRAN: A “good agreement,” which Iran is looking for, can be reached in nuclear negotiations if the United States lifts anti-Iran sanctions, President said on Saturday. “The Islamic Republic participated in the .. Bangladesh protests US sanctions on anti-crime elite force officials Agencies DHAKA Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen Saturday summoned U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller to protest against sanctions imposed by Washington on officials of the country’s .. 176 asylum seekers evacuated from Libya to Rwanda TRIPOLI The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Friday it evacuated 176 vulnerable asylum seekers from Libya to Rwanda on a humanitarian flight. “It was the second such flight to Rwanda this .. Nicaragua breaks diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favour of China Mexico City Nicaragua’s government has broken off diplomatic relations with Taiwan, switching allegiance to China, it announced on Thursday. “The Government of the Republic of Nicaragua declares that it recognizes ..