LAKKI MARWAT: During their first visit to the tribal region after the merger, A lady officer of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Independent Education Unit (IMU) team and a levies man were killed in terrorists attack in Bethani tribal area of the district on Wednesday. Three other members of the team and a Khasadar man were also injured in the attack.

Those died in the attack are Safia Bibi, an employee of IMU in Lakki Marwat and Akhtar Ali, Levy Sepoy. Four persons were injured who were identified as Atta Ur Reham, employee of IMU in Lakki Marwat, Allah Noor, a school Teacher, Hamidullah, driver of the IMU Lakki, and Wali Muhammad, Khasadar sepoy. Allah Noor and Wali Muhammad are stated to be in critical condition at the hospital.

After which the deputy commissioner stopped the ongoing polio drive in the district.

While sharing details of the attack, Police officials said that the attack occurred in a far-flung area of the Lakki Marwat, known as Ghazbona, due to which a woman officer the KP education department monitoring team and personnel of levies forces were killed.

The police officials added that three other members of the team and a Khasadar man were also injured in the attack. The police official furthered that the team was visiting the area to inspect the schools when they came under attack from unknown terrorists.

Police added that a case has been registered and further investigation is underway.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa education monitoring team was on their first ever visit to the tribal region after the merger of former Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) with the province. It was informed that the driver managed to escape the vehicle on a punctured tire, otherwise, there could be a further human loss in the attack.

Deputy commissioner Lakki Marwat Jahangir Azam and other government officials reached to the crime spot and shifted the injured to hospital in Bannu District while the dead bodies were transferred to districts Headquarter hospital (DHQ) in Lakki Marwat.

The monitoring unit has been surveying schools in the merged districts since January 2019. The IMU was established as a pilot project in 2014 by the K-P Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. It was tasked with monitoring attendance of teachers and collecting data on facilities at government-run schools in the province.

Anti-Polio immunization campaign called off

After the deadly attack on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa education monitoring team, the deputy commissioner of District Lakki Marwat called off the ongoing three-day polio immunization drive in the district.

A total of 20473 children will be left unvaccinated. The strain of poliovirus found at the beginning of this year in the area was genetically linked to the polio virus found in Sindh & Punjab since 2012.

District administration has sent letters to all the responsible officials of the anti-polio immunization program of the districts asking them to stop the work immediately due to the security threats. The DC has said that the drive will be launched later however; no further information or another date of immunization has been provided yet.

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