BUNER: One terrorist involved in attack on a polio vaccination team in Buner was killed, while another was arrested after an encounter with police on Tuesday.

One policeman was also injured in the clash. Police said a search operation was being carried out in Jangdara, Tor Warsak area of Buner after information was received that terrorists involved in attack on polio vaccination team were present there. The terrorists after seeing the police party opened fire on them, leaving the intelligence in-charge Waris Khan injured. Waris Khan was immediately shifted to hospital.

Police said reinforcements were called after firing by the terrorists. The terrorists again opened fire on police when they got close to them. In the retaliatory firing, one terrorist was killed, while another was arrested. The arrested terrorist was shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

On last Wednesday, a policeman performing security duty with a polio vaccination team in Buner was shot dead by unidentified armed men.

Police said constable Zafar was performing security duty with a polio vaccination team in Ghlo Tangi, Tor Warsak area when unidentified armed men opened fire on him, leaving him critically injured. The injured constable succumbed to his injuries while he was being taken to hospital. Other members of the vaccination team remained safe in the attack.

The attack in Buner happened a day after an assistant sub-inspector of police was shot dead in a similar attack in Bannu. ASI Imran was performing security duty with a vaccination team near Bacha Khan Chowk when unidentified armed men opened fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot.

The attacks in Bannu and Buner were followed by attack on a vaccination team in Balochistan where a female polio worker was shot dead.

Meanwhile, Babar bin Atta, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s focal person on polio eradication, mentioned the operation in Buner in a tweet and appreciated the Buner Police over their professionalism.

“Just in: 02 Terrorists involved in targeting our brave polio workers in Buner last week & killing a police constable were pointed out this morning by Buner Police. In an operation personally led by Buner Police Chief, one terrorist has been killed whereas second is under arrest,” he said in a tweet.

In another tweet, Babar bin Atta paid tribute to the polio workers on the occasion of International Labour Day.

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