Po­lio worker shot dead

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A health worker who had been im­mu­niz­ing chil­dren against po­lio was shot dead in Pakistan’s north­west­ern prov­ince Satur­day, the pro­vin­cial health depart­ment said. He was shot by two mo­tor­bike rid­ers armed with as­sault rifes as he re­turned to his base from an out­reach cam­paign. No­body claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack but Tale­ban mil­i­tants have at­tacked po­lio work­ers in the prov­ince in the past. More than 100 peo­ple have been killed in such at­tacks since De­cem­ber 2012. Is­lamist op­po­si­tion to all forms of in­oc­u­la­tion grew af­ter the CIA or­ga­nized a fake vac­ci­na­tion drive to help track down Al-Qaeda’s for­mer leader Osama Bin Laden in the Pak­istani gar­ri­son town of Ab­bot­tabad. He was killed there by US forces in 2011. De­spite the at­tacks, Pakistan hopes to be re­moved from the list of po­lio-en­demic coun­tries by 2018 by achiev­ing its goal of no fresh cases for a year.

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