Abducted Polio Immunization Team Found Murdered in Pakistan


Four members of a polio immunization team have been found murdered after being kidnapped in southwest Pakistan, officials said Wednesday.

Local militants had abducted the vaccination worker, two local tribal policemen and a driver in the Zhob district of Baluchistan province on Saturday. Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic. But attempts to eradicate it have been badly hit by opposition from militants and attacks on immunization teams that have now claimed 71 lives since December 2012.

“Security agencies conducted several operations to recover the polio worker and other team members and finally found their bodies in the mountains on Tuesday,” a senior local administration official in Zhob, Nazar Muhammad Khatran, told AFP. He said it seemed the four men were shot dead on Saturday or Sunday.

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