Roadside bomb blast leaves 3 polio vaccinators dead in Helmand

Three workers of a polio vaccination team were killed during a Taliban-planted roadside bombing in the Afghan southern province of Helmand on Tuesday. 

The explosion took place in the Shakar Shila area of Sangin district in the afternoon after the vaccinators, a father and his two sons, stepped on the explosive device, emplaced by the rebels.

The father was voluntarily accompanying his two sons in the fresh three-day vaccination drive, targeting thousands of children below five years, kicked off on Tuesday in the Sangin, Kajaki, Musa Qala and Baghran districts of Helmand province.

Meanwhile, Helmand Governor, Al Haj Muhammad Naeem, strongly condemned the bomb attack that killed three vaccinators in the Sangin district.

The governor offered his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant fortitude to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss.

This comes as a 16-years-old polio vaccination campaign worker was gunned down by unidentified gunmen in the Siniali area of the Marjah district around seven weeks back.

The Taliban militants ordinarily use roadside explosive devices to target Afghan as well as foreign forces in the country, though most of the victims turn out to be civilians