6 polio workers killed in Pakistan

Dec. 18, 2012 at 9:56 AM

KARACHI, Pakistan, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Six workers on an immunization campaign against polio, including five women, were killed Tuesday in attacks in Karachi and Peshawar, Pakistani officials said.

Because of the shootings, Sindh province Health Minister Sagheer Ahmed ordered the World Health Organization's anti-polio drive in Karachi stopped, the Pakistani News Agency reported.

In Karachi, the attacks occurred in three areas of the sprawling port city on the second day of a nationwide three-day drive against the disease that is endemic in Pakistan.

In Peshawar, a woman who was shot along with another female worker died of her injuries in a hospital, the Pakistani News Agency said.

Police said a gunman also killed a volunteer for the World Health Organization's anti-polio campaign in Gadap Monday.

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