x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Taliban blast outside Pakistan polio vaccination clinic kills two

Taliban claims responsibility for placing bomb outside vaccination centre.

PESHAWAR // A Taliban bomb that exploded today near a polio vaccination team in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar killed two people.

The blast appeared to target police assigned to protect the vaccination team. Health workers have been attacked repeatedly since the Taliban denounced vaccination as a western plot to sterilise Muslims.

Two people were killed and around 20 people wounded, said Peshawar police official Najeeb ur-Rehman.

The bomb was placed directly outside a clinic in Sulemankhen, on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Peshawar, Mr Rehman said.

A spokesman for Jundullah, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility.

* Reuters