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Militants kill two polio vaccinators in Pakistan

Last Updated: Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 15:23

Islamabad: Suspected militants shot and killed two polio vaccinators at Swabi in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, the latest in a string of attacks targeting the government`s vaccination campaign.

The vaccinators were attacked while they administering polio drops to children in Swabi area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said. This was the second such attack in Swabi.

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

Last month, the killing of a female polio vaccinator on the outskirts of Peshawar city had prompted the World Health Organisation to suspend its vaccination campaign.
No group claimed responsibility for today`s attack though the Pakistani Taliban banned polio vaccinations in parts of the tribal belt last year, claiming the drive was a cover for espionage.

On May 20, suspected militants attacked a team of polio vaccinators in the restive Bajaur tribal region and killed security personnel.

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

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only countries where polio is still endemic.


First Published: Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 15:23
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