Monday 26 September 2016

At least 15 dead after suicide bomber targets polio vaccination centre, as 10 killed in Cameroon attack

Published 13/01/2016 | 07:32

Pakistani security officials examine the site of a bomb blast near a polio vaccination centre in Quetta on January 13, 2016
Pakistani security officials examine the site of a bomb blast near a polio vaccination centre in Quetta on January 13, 2016
Pakistani paramedics move an injured survivor following a bomb blast near a polio vaccination centre, at a hospital in Quetta on January 13, 2016

A suspected suicide bomb attack on a polio vaccination centre in south-west Pakistan has killed at least 15 people, as at least 10 people killed in a Cameroon mosque attack.

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Local police chief Syed Imtiaz Shah said today's bombing at the centre in Quetta killed 12 police, a soldier and a civilian. Another 23 people were wounded.

Police said the attack appeared to be a suicide bombing.

Meanwhile, A suicide bomber killed at least 10 people and wounded at least one at a mosque in northern Cameroon on Wednesday, officials in the Far North region said.

Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram has stepped up attacks in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger since last year. Many of the Cameroon attacks have been conducted by women. 

In Pakistan, the bomb exploded outside the polio centre shortly before vaccination teams were due to be sent to neighbourhoods in a three-day immunisation campaign.

Polio workers in Pakistan have been the victims of several terrorist attacks in recent years.

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