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Gunmen Kill Polio Vaccine Worker In Pakistan; Two Others Wounded

News outlets report on the killing of a polio vaccine worker in Pakistan and how the Taliban is hindering efforts to eradicate the disease.

Agence France-Presse: Gunmen kill vaccinator in NW Pakistan
“Gunmen shot dead a health officer supervising an anti-polio vaccination campaign after storming a hospital where children were being immunized in Pakistan’s troubled northwest Saturday, officials said…” (12/29).

Associated Press: Gunmen kill anti-polio health worker in Pakistan
“Pakistani police say gunmen attacked an anti-polio vaccination center in the country’s northwest and killed a medic on duty, then fled the scene…” (12/28).

New York Times: Vaccine Aide Gunned Down in Pakistan
“A health worker supervising a polio vaccination campaign was fatally shot and two others were wounded on Saturday when gunmen opened fire at a hospital in northwestern Pakistan, officials said…” (Masood, 12/28).

United Press International: Polio worker killed, two wounded in attack on Pakistan hospital
“A polio worker was killed and two other people injured Saturday when gunmen attacked a hospital in the Pakistan city of Peshawar, officials say…” (12/28).

Xinhua: Polio-eradication campaigner killed in NW Pakistan’s firing
“A polio-eradication campaigner was killed and two people were injured when unknown gunmen sprayed bullets at a hospital in Pakistan’s northwest Peshawar city on Saturday morning, local media reported…” (12/28).

Inter Press Service: Pakistan’s Polio Campaign Runs Into Taliban Wall
“The Taliban are proving to be a huge stumbling block for Pakistan as the South Asian nation — one of only three remaining polio endemic countries in the world — tries to fight the crippling disease…” (Yusufzai, 1/3).

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