UN doctor, driver injured in attack
Posted on 10 months ago
4 suspected attackers arrested, weapons seized; WHO to continue campaign against polio
KARACHI (INP): Gunmen opened fire on a UN vehicle wounding a driver and a foreign doctor working on a polio immunisation campaign here on Tuesday.
Local police said two young Afghan men opened fire on the vehicle in the low-income Sohrab Goth neighbourhood of eastern Karachi, which is home to thousands of Afghan refugees and migrants.
"A foreigner was wounded critically while his driver sustained minor wounds," senior police official Shahid Hayat told. Police said the foreign doctor had been traveling to a polio vaccination camp, when the vehicle was attacked.
"One of our drivers and one of our staff were hurt, but currently they are both stable," an official from the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) said in Islamabad.
According to reports, Dr Fosten received bullet injury and was shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. The injured doctor was shifted to a private medical facility Patel Hospital located in adjacent Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.
Police said the UN team visited the area without informing them. The team's visit was part of anti-polio campaign in the city, but both the injured men were taken to Patel Hospital in Gulshan Iqbal.
Another report claims police said four suspected attackers were arrested when the police and Rangers launched a targeted operation after the incident in Afghan Basti. Police also claimed they had seized weapons from a house during the operation to catch the shooters.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah took notice of the attack and summoned a report from the Additional Inspector General (Addl IG) of police.
In Islamabad, a World Health Organization (WHO) handout called the shooting "a serious security incident in Gadap Town, Karachi, Pakistan, involving World Health Organization (WHO) staff". It said, "WHO is grateful to the Pakistani medical professionals for the rapid and high-quality medical aid provided. At this point, there is no evidence to suggest that this was a deliberate or targeted attack against polio eradication efforts or WHO.
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