Woman polio worker killed in northwest Pakistan

Last Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 21:41

Peshawar: Unknown gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a woman polio worker in Pakistan`s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa`s province on Monday, killing her on the spot.

Official sources said the woman was leaving her home to start her duties with the anti-polio team when she was shot dead in Sukari area of Bannu district in the province.
The attackers fled away from the scene after the incident, they said.

A case was registered at the Cantt Police Station.

Meanwhile, nearly 4,190 teams vaccinated a total of 649, 887 children against nine diseases, including polio in the ninth phase of the `Sehat-ka-Insaf` immunization campaign in Peshawar district.
Recently-appointed Minister for Health Shahram Khan Tarakai inaugurated the campaign yesterday and pledged to make all efforts possible to eradicate polio virus from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

"The Sehat ka Insaf campaign in Peshawar will continue every week until the 12th phase, while from April 6, it will be extended to four other districts," he said.


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First Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 21:41

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