August 02, 2014

Gunmen kill 4 polio vaccination workers in Karachi city

By Meena Haseeb - Tue Dec 18, 2:50 pm

Polio workers shot deadA senior health official says gunmen have killed four women working on a government polio vaccination campaign in the Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi.

The attacks happened during a three-day Unicef nationwide drive against polio, which is endemic in Pakistan. The gunmen also wounded two men who were with the women, said a minister of Sindh province.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) anti-polio campaign has been stopped in the city following the attack.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attached however Taliban have spoken out against polio vaccination in recent months, claiming the health workers are acting as spies for the U.S. and the vaccine itself causes harm.

Sagher Ahmed, health minister for surrounding Sindh province the shootings took place in a Karachi area populated by ethnic Pashtuns. The Taliban are a Pashtun movement, and many militants are reported to be hiding in these communities in Karachi.

Meanwhile, a teenage girl was wounded in an attack when gunmen opened fire on a team of female health workers on the outskirts of Peshawar in the north-west. The 14 year old volunteer was critically wounded when she was shot and later succumbed to her injuries at the Lady Reading Hospital.

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