Gunmen kill two polio workers in Pakistan

A relative mourned beside the body of a woman who was shot to death while working to vaccinate children against polio in Quetta, Pakistan.

QUETTA, Pakistan — Gunmen shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were working for an antipolio campaign currently underway in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta on Thursday, police said.

The attack took place as hundreds of polio teams were vaccinating Pakistani 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 police officers.

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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 antipolio drives despite continuous threats from the Taliban, who perceive the campaign as part of a Western conspiracy and claim it will sterilize Pakistani children.