Deadly blast hits near anti-polio centre in Pakistan
Written by Taiwo Adediran on January 13, 2016
Police say at least fourteen people have been killed and twenty others injured in an explosion near a polio centre in the city of Quetta.
Rescue teams have shifted the victims to the Civil Hospital in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan province, where an emergency was declared after Wednesday’s blast.
The attack comes after the anti-polio campaign was relaunched in Quetta and other districts of Balochistan on Monday.
Pakistan remains on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) list of polio-endemic countries. Last year, forty nine new cases of polio were reproted in Pakistan, a huge drop from two hundred and eighty two in 2014.
The campaign faced threats against polio vaccination teams issued by armed religious groups such as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its allies in the past.