Pakistani policeman shot dead while protecting polio workers

Gunmen in Pakistan recently assassinated a police officer protecting healthcare workers who were part of a United Nation's campaign against polio.

The gunmen carried out the attack from motorbikes as dozens of healthcare workers were conducting house-to-house vaccinations in Gullu Dheri in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. None of the healthcare workers were harmed, according to the Independent.

In the same region, a man wounded a polio worker who had marked his door to indicate whether it had been visited by vaccinators. The man hit the worker on the left arm with an axe.

The attacks occurred on the second day of the planned three-day vaccination campaign against polio. The campaign was launched by the provincial government, but is being supported by the U.N. Islamic militants are believed to be involved in the motorbike shooting, but no group has claimed responsibility. In December, nine polio workers were killed in similar circumstances, the Independent reports.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is currently in the midst of a public health crisis. Measles and pneumonia have killed 47 people over the past two weeks alone in the province.

The epidemics have been centered in the province's Upper Dir District. The Dir District Headquarters Hospital recently formed a special unit to fight the epidemics in the area. Mobile teams from other regions have also been dispatched, according to