facebook
twitter
search
search

Militants kill police officer guarding polio workers in Pakistan

Nov. 30, 2013 at 1:24 PM
| License Photo

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Gunmen in northwest Pakistan attacked police officers guarding a team of polio vaccination workers, killing one officer, police said.

The attack occurred Saturday in Peshawar, Voice of America reported.

No group has claimed responsibility, but militants frequently attack polio workers in Pakistan, accusing them of trying to sterilize Muslims, the report said.

Polio has been labeled an epidemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, the Global Eradication Initiative said. The disease is highly infectious and can cause irreversible paralysis.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kentucky clerk sued for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses
Van hauling fireworks catches fire on I-15 near California-Nevada border
Police arrest N.C. soldier with assault rifle headed to mall photo shoot
Sean 'Diddy' Combs avoids felony rap for attacking UCLA coach
North Korean biochemical weapons researcher defects to Europe