Gunmen Kill Three Polio Vaccine Workers In Pakistan; Province Suspends Campaign

News outlets report on the murder of three polio workers in Karachi, Pakistan, and the suspension of the vaccination program.

BBC News: Pakistan polio workers shot dead in Karachi
“Three polio workers have been killed in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, a day after authorities began a new vaccination drive, officials say. Reports say gunmen opened fire in the Qayumabad area, killing one man and two women administering polio drops…” (1/21).

Business Recorder: President vows to eradicate Polio from country, despite challenges
“President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday said despite immense security challenges Pakistan was committed to polio eradication and vowed that every step would be taken to eradicate the crippling disease from the country…” (Imaduddin, 1/21).

International News: Three polio workers gunned down in Karachi
“Three workers of the anti-polio team were killed when unknown gunmen opened fire in Qayyumabad area of Karachi Tuesday morning. Following the incident the anti-polio drive has been suspended across the province of Sindh…” (1/21).

Financial Times: Pakistan suspends polio vaccination campaign after team shot dead
“Pakistan abruptly suspended a polio vaccination campaign in the southern port city of Karachi on Tuesday, after three medical workers administering the vaccine were killed by suspected Taliban militants…” (Bokhari/Kazmin, 1/21).

FirstPost: Two women health workers killed while giving polio vaccine in Pakistan
“In yet another attack on a team of polio workers, unidentified gunmen today shot down three persons, including two women, carrying out vaccination program in here…” (1/21).

Pakistan Today: Anti-polio drive suspended in Sindh
“Lady health workers have announced suspending anti-polio drive across Sindh following the killings of three workers in Karachi area of Qayyumabad Tuesday morning…” (1/21).

Wall Street Journal: Pakistan’s Polio Crisis Poses Wider Threat
“The country’s polio crisis is threatening to spread the virus, health officials said, as Islamist militants target vaccination teams, killing three health workers in the latest such attack on Tuesday…” (Shah, 1/21).

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