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Polio Workers, Police Escorts Kidnapped, Murdered In Separate Incidents In Pakistan

News outlets report on two incidents involving the kidnapping and murder of polio workers and their police escorts in Pakistan.

Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Gunmen kidnap six-member polio team in Pakistan
“Masked gunmen kidnapped a six-member polio vaccination team — a doctor, two local employees of the World Health Organization (WHO) and three guards — in northwest Pakistan on Monday, an official said…” (2/17).

Dawn.com: Two polio workers among six kidnapped from FR Tank
“Six men including two polio workers were kidnapped from a rural area in Frontier Region Tank, official sources told Dawn.com on Monday. Sources said that a driver accompanying a team of polio vaccination workers and three Khasadar security personnel were also picked up by unknown people while the team was on routine duty in Peeng village in FR Tank…” (Sherazi, 2/17).

The Nation: 6-member polio team snatched in Tank
“…The polio vaccination team was on its way to Jumaat Korono rural area in Peeng village bordering South Waziristan when unidentified masked group held it hostage at gunpoint and later kidnapped the team members. They also took away with them vehicle of the polio team…” (2/18).

Business Recorder: Policeman killed during vaccination drive
“A bomb killed at least one policeman and wounded another during a vaccination campaign for polio and other diseases among children on the outskirts of Peshawar on Sunday, officials said. The incident happened in Budhni area on the outskirts of Peshawar, the gateway to the country’s restive tribal regions, where the military has been battling Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants…” (2/17).

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