The polio workers targeted three locations in Jalalabad city-the latest in a series of attacks on health workers.
A provincial health department official stated that the multiple attacks in the eastern city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of four polio vaccinators and the injuries to three others. This was part of a series of attacks on health workers. The latest together.
Since the Taliban and the Afghan government began peace talks in Doha last year, a wave of assassinations has hit the city center, many of which have targeted government employees, health workers, the media and members of civil society.
Dr. Jan Mohammed, head of polio immunization activities in Nangarhar (Jalalabad is the main city), said on Tuesday that gunmen attacked polio workers in three locations in the city, killing 4 people and injuring 3 others. .
“Today is three months from the second day of our operation, but we have to suspend it again,” Mohammed told Reuters, adding that all the victims were men.
Gunman Killed three female polio vaccination workers The incident in Jalalabad in March this year forced health workers to suspend operations and assess safety.
Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only countries in the world where polio is still endemic.
No organization claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday.
The Taliban, which is working to overthrow the foreign-backed Afghan government, denied participating in previous attacks.
The Islamic State of ISIL (ISIS) is also responsible for multiple targeted killings of the country’s nascent civil society as well as journalists and legal professionals.
The governor of Nangarhar Province Zia ul Haq Amarkhil stated that the police are investigating the attack.
Many people in Afghanistan’s conservative society oppose vaccination, and combatants often attack health workers, claiming that they are used as cover for espionage by the West.
This The recent increase in violence The United States and NATO are completing their military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
It is estimated that 2,500-3,500 American soldiers and 7,000 NATO allied soldiers will be evacuated by September 11 at the latest, but there are predictions that they may be evacuated in mid-July.