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Four killed as gunmen goal polio groups in Afghanistan

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The elevated violence and chaos comes because the U.S. and NATO are finishing their navy withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Gunmen on Tuesday, June 15,2021, focused members of polio groups in japanese Afghanistan, killing not less than 4 staffers, officers stated.

No militant group instantly claimed duty for the assaults within the metropolis of Jalalabad. Along with the 4 killed, not less than three members of the polio vaccination groups had been wounded, stated Dr. Jan Mohammad, who coordinates the anti-polio drive for the nation’s east.

The elevated violence and chaos comes because the U.S. and NATO are finishing their navy withdrawal from Afghanistan. The estimated 2,500-3,500 U.S. troopers and seven,000 NATO allied troops are to be passed by Sept. 11 on the newest, although there are projections they could be passed by mid July.

Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan are the one two remaining international locations on the earth the place polio is endemic, after Nigeria was final yr declared freed from the virus.

In March, the Islamic State group stated it shot and killed three girls who had been a part of a polio vaccination staff, additionally in Jalalabad, the capital of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

The IS affiliate is headquartered in japanese Afghanistan and whereas the Sunni militant group’s numbers are believed to have gone down after current authorities offensives and clashes with the rival Taliban, IS militants have currently stepped up assaults on minority Shiite Muslims.

IS has additionally taken duty for a number of focused killings which have taken goal on the nation’s nascent civil society, in addition to journalists and authorized professionals.

The Afghan authorities in current months, with the assistance of UNICEF, has sought to inoculate 9.6 million kids in opposition to polio. In 2020, Afghanistan reported 54 new instances of polio.

Though not unusual in Afghanistan, assaults on polio vaccination groups are extra frequent in Pakistan, the place the Pakistani Taliban and different militants frequently stage assaults on polio groups and safety forces escorting them.

They additionally goal vaccination centres and well being staff, claiming that anti-polio drives are a part of an alleged Western conspiracy to sterilise kids or accumulate intelligence.

Last week, two policemen who had been offering safety to polio vaccinators had been shot and killed in northwest Pakistan.

These assaults elevated after it was revealed {that a} faux hepatitis vaccination marketing campaign was used as a ruse by the CIA within the hunt for al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed by U.S. commandos in 2011 in Pakistan.

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