Three levies personnel injured in Bajaur Agency IED explosion


SHABQADAR: At least three Levies personnel were injured after their vehicle came in contact with an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Rashakai area of Bajaur Agency on Tuesday.

The vehicle was patrolling the Rashakai area of Khar tehsil for the security of a polio team when the IED planted at Janat Shah Dry Waterway [Khwar] hit the vehicle.

According to media reports, soldiers Saeed Ullah, Zahid Ullah and Shafi Ullah sustained minor injuries in the explosion.

Security forces and political administration cordoned off the area and began a search operation.

Polio teams were being provided with the security by the levies for a three-day campaign in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that started on Monday.

A total of 10, 34, 660 below the age of five are expected to be vaccinated by 4, 317 teams comprising 3, 931 mobile, 290 fixed and 96 transit teams, according to EOC FATA.


Unidentified people assaulted a polio vaccination team in Heerabad Qureshi area of the city on Tuesday after a reported disagreement by the family to get their children vaccinated.

The anti-polio team did not have a police escort with it. Following the incident, the vaccination campaign was suspended in the area.

Police officials said the incident was caused after the male members of a family began arguing with a polio team that had administered vaccination drops to eligible children.

Polio officials Naveed, Kainat and Jannat claim they had the family’s permission to administer the vaccine but were assaulted by the male members as they did not want their children to take the drops.

Following the incident, police arrived on scene but the attackers had left. However, police detained two people, reported to be brothers of the attackers, and are investigating the case after lodging a report on the complaint of the polio team.


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