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Attack on team of polio vaccinators in Pakistan kills one

Last Updated: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 11:19

Islamabad: Militants on Monday attacked a team of polio vaccinators in the restive Bajaur tribal region of northwest Pakistan, killing a security personnel.

The members of the polio vaccination team were unharmed, officials were quoted as saying by TV news channels.

The attackers gunned down a paramilitary personnel protecting the vaccinators.

Pakistan is one of only three countries where the polio virus is endemic.

Taliban factions in the country`s northwest have banned polio vaccination campaigns over the past two years.

Health experts have estimated that thousands of children have been left vulnerable to polio in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and the tribal areas.

In April, a policeman was killed and another seriously injured when militants attacked a team of polio vaccinators in Mardan town of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

In January, six women and a man working for a NGO involved in the polio vaccination campaign were shot dead in Swabi district.

In December, eight volunteers involved in a polio vaccination drive were gunned down in a string of attacks in the southern port city of Karachi and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The attacks prompted UN agencies to withdraw their workers from the campaign.


First Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 11:19
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