Polio Vaccination Teams Attacked In Pakistan; At Least 5 Dead

Associated Press: In Pakistan, vaccinating children has become a deadly battle
“…Long eradicated in the West, polio remains endemic in Pakistan after the Taliban banned vaccinations, attacks targeted medical staffers, and suspicions lingered about the inoculations…” (Santana, 2/18).

International Business Times: Pakistan Polio Update: Vaccination Team Attacked In Khyber Agency; Second Team Disappears In Baluchistan Province
“Gunmen attacked a vehicle carrying a polio vaccination team in the Khyber Agency in Pakistan. Dawn newspaper reported the driver was killed and a polio volunteer was injured. … Earlier, Pakistan Today reported two medical workers and their police escort disappeared in a remote area of Baluchistan as they handed out polio vaccines, authorities said…” (Kreiter, 2/14).

New York Times: Polio Team Attacked in Pakistan
“Gunmen attacked a vehicle carrying a polio vaccination team in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing the driver and wounding a health care worker, according to police officials…” (Masood, 2/14).

VOA News: Pakistan Finds Bodies of Kidnapped Polio Vaccination Team
“Pakistani authorities said they have found bodies of four members of a polio vaccination team who were kidnapped by unknown militants in southwestern Baluchistan province on Friday…” (Gul, 2/17).

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