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5 Health Workers Shot Dead In Attacks Against Pak Anti-Polio Drive

12/18/2012 6:37 AM ET

Five health workers, all but one women, on a UNICEF-led nationwide anti-polio drive in Pakistan were shot dead in three separate incidents on Tuesday.

Three female members and a male worker of different polio vaccination teams were killed in the southern port city of Karachi when unknown assailants opened fire at them, reports said.

The fifth victim was a teenage girl, who was administering polio vaccine drops to children, when she was attacked by militants on the outskirts of the north-western city of Peshawar.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Taliban had warned against the three-day campaign.

The extensive anti-polio drive targeting an estimated 5.2 million children was reportedly suspended in the wake of the shootings.

Pakistan is one of three countries in the world where the crippling disease is still endemic.

by RTT Staff Writer

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