Suicide Bomber Targets Polio Center In Pakistan’s Quetta, Killing At Least 14 People; Most Victims Police Preparing To Protect Vaccinators

Associated Press: Suicide attack on Pakistan polio center kills 15
“A suicide attack on a polio vaccination center in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday killed 15 people, mainly police who had gathered to escort health workers, who have been repeatedly targeted in recent years by Islamic militants, officials said…” (Sattar/Shahzad, 1/13).

CNN: Blast kills 14 near polio vaccination center in Pakistan
“…Among the dead in Wednesday’s attack in the city of Quetta were 13 policemen and a paramilitary trooper, said Balochistan province Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti. The blast is under investigation, he said…” (Shah/Shah, 1/13).

Deutsche Welle: Blast near polio vaccination center in Pakistan’s Quetta kills at least 14
“…Militants have claimed that polio vaccination programs are a front for espionage or used to sterilize Muslims…” (1/13).

Financial Times: Suicide bomber kills 14 at Pakistan polio vaccination clinic
“…The early morning attack, which was apparently carried out by a man wearing an explosive laden vest, came on the final day of a three-day campaign when thousands of health care volunteers under heavy police protection ventured across Pakistan to administer the vaccine to hundreds of thousands of children under the age of five…” (Bokhari/Kazmin, 1/13).

The Guardian: Bomb attack at polio vaccination center kills 15 in Pakistani city of Quetta
“…Another 24 people were wounded, with the local hospital saying nine were in a critical condition. The provincial interior minister, Sarfraz Bugti, said the police had given their lives to protect an anti-polio team that was preparing to start a third day of vaccinating children in Quetta…” (Boone, 1/13).

New York Times: Suicide Bomb Near Polio Center in Pakistan Kills at Least 16
“…A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Muhammad Khurrasani, claimed responsibility for the attack on the militants’ behalf…”

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