Gunmen kill worker for Pakistani anti-polio program

Dec. 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM   |   0 comments

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A worker for a polio prevention program was shot to death in Pakistan's Khyber Agency, officials said.

Sources told Pakistan's Dawn News the gunmen left behind pamphlets warning that other health workers faced a similar fate if they worked for the vaccination program or any other non-governmental organization.

Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the slaying, polio workers have been frequently accused of being spies or part of a plot to sterilize Muslims, Voice of America said.

The World Health Organization has blamed militant violence for a surge in polio cases from 58 cases in 2012 to 72 this year.

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