Gunmen kill two policemen escorting polio team in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN (AP) — Gunmen in Pakistan shot and killed two policemen yesterday who were part of the most recent anti-polio drive in the country’s rugged and volatile northwest, officials said.

The gunmen opened fire as the policemen were heading on foot to the town of Lower Dir in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, bordering Afghanistan, said local police official Saeedur Rehman. He said the attackers fled the scene and a search was underway to find them. The policemen were to escort a team of medics going house-to-house to vaccinate children against the crippling disease. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the shooting.

Pakistan regularly carries out anti-polio drives, despite threats from the Taleban who claim the campaign is a Western conspiracy to sterilise children. Polio teams and security forces escorting them are often targetted in deadly attacks.