Fifteen people were killed and over twenty others injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a polio eradication center in Pakistan on Wednesday.
A police van that was to escort workers going to immunize children under five years of age in the southwestern province of Baluchistan was targeted by the attacker.
The Balochistan home minister, Sarfraz Bugti told reporters, “Health workers, police guards and personnel from the paramilitary Frontier Corps force were preparing for a door to door polio vaccination drive as part of a three day campaign when they were attacked”.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan group and Jundullah, which have pledged allegiance to Islamic State group, have both separately claimed responsibility for the horrific attack.
Witnesses reported seeing the suicide bomber running toward them open firing toward crowds of people before detonating his device.
Members of the Taliban have long claimed that campaigns to immunize children are just a cover for western spies to enter the country or that these vaccinations are drugs designed to sterilize children.