Gunmen kill two polio workers in Pakistan

Gunmen kill two polio workers in Pakistan
File image of child in Pakistan getting Polio vaccination in 2016.

Gunmen have shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were working for an anti-polio campaign under way in Pakistan’s south-western city of Quetta, police said.

The attack took place as hundreds of polio teams were vaccinating children against the crippling disease, police official Naseeb Ullah said.

Pakistan this week launched a drive against polio across the country.

In a separate attack in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, assailants killed two policemen.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the attacks. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either attack.

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only three countries in the world where polio is endemic and has not been eliminated.

Pakistan’s government regularly launches anti-polio drives despite threats from the Taliban, who perceive the campaign as part of a Western conspiracy and claim it will sterilise Pakistani children.

PA

More in this Section

John McDonnell to quit frontline politics following Labour defeatJohn McDonnell to quit frontline politics following Labour defeat

Former Sudan leader al-Bashir jailed for two years over corruptionFormer Sudan leader al-Bashir jailed for two years over corruption

Jeremy Corbyn’s sons pay tribute to their ‘honest’ and ‘humble’ fatherJeremy Corbyn’s sons pay tribute to their ‘honest’ and ‘humble’ father

Boris Johnson to visit newly-elected MPs in UK election victory tourBoris Johnson to visit newly-elected MPs in UK election victory tour


Lifestyle

Who hasn’t dreamt of cutting ties with the nine-to-five and living off-the-grid?The great escape: What's life like off the grid?

Jazz in Europe these days exists in a highly networked environment of cultural and political bodies, festivals, promoters, musicians and educators.Jazz Connective Festival: Intriguing, exciting and uncompromising

It will be bittersweet for Stormzy that his second album arrives the day the British Labour party was confirmed as suffering a historic general election trouncing.Album review: Stormzy remains a work in progress

Unique drawings by Quentin Blake, one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, are available at a Christie’s online auction which runs until December 17.Your chance to buy drawings by Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake

More From The Irish Examiner