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Pakistan polio: Mother and daughter killed giving vaccinations

Pakistan polio: Mother and daughter killed giving vaccinations

Unknown gunmen shot and killed two female polio workers in Bareech Town near Hazargunj Fruit Market, Quetta, on Thursday.

According to reports, two lady health workers were killed as a result of the firing. However, the attackers escaped from the spot after the attack.

Two policemen were martyred in Quetta on Thursday morning in what police have termed an incident of target killing. Polio campaign has been stopped in Shalkot area, while the vaccination drive is underway in other parts of the city. The attack, claimed by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on Tuesday, took place on GPO Chowk, a busy street in a high-security zone some 300 metres from the Balochistan Assembly.

Attacks on polio workers are commonplace in Pakistan, which is one of the very few countries still in the grips of this disease.

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After it transpired that Dr Shakil Afridi, now jailed, had helped the United States track down and kill Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad a few years back, attacks on the polio teams have gone up especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

Some unknown gunmen, coming on motorbikes, opened fire at the policemen and fled the scene, Samaa News said.

Following the incident, law enforcement agencies reached the site and cordoned off the entire area and launched search to arrest outlaws. Stay tuned to us for more updates and feeds like this.


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