January 13, 2016: Suicide bombing of polio clinic in Pakistan

On January 13, 2016 the TTP claimed responsibility for a suicide bomber who killed 14 near a polio clinic in Quetta, Pakistan.

QUETTA, PAKISTAN – Who the hell can justify the killing of men and women administering polio vaccines?

If nothing else there is a small ray of sunshine in the midst (or is it closer to the end?) of COVID-19. Despite all the disruptions – the lockdowns, the school closures, the supply chain problems, etc. – we certainly have come to appreciate health care workers more. These women and men have toiled tirelessly to help administer vaccines and, in the worst cases, tend to those in critical condition in ICUs. We tip our hat to you folks.

Hey COVID, shove this up your…nose! (Photo: on flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

One would think that doctors, nurses and others would be the last ones targeted by terrorists. Then again, jihadis don’t think like us, do they?

On this day in 2016

The Tehreek-e-Taliban-e-Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for a suicide bomber who detonated his deadly load near a polio clinic in Quetta, killing 14 and injuring 10. While 13 of the dead were police officers the blast was part of a  a three-day anti-polio campaign.

Such terror acts cannot deter our resolve to wipe out polio.

Head of the Emergency Operation Cell Balochistan

Pakistan remains one of only two countries on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) list of polio-endemic countries and polio workers there have long been targeted in the country due to rumours that the polio immunisation drive is a front for espionage or a conspiracy to sterilise Muslims.

Whatever. A pox on the terrorists houses! I hope you all get polio – or worse!

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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