WHO Suspends Pakistan Operations after Polio Workers Shot Dead


PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Two health workers giving polio vaccines to children were shot dead in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, prompting the World Health Organisation to suspend its operations in the area.

Anti-polio workers started being attacked after a Pakistani doctor, Shakeel Afridi, ran a fake polio campaign in the city of Abbottabad to help the United States track down Osama bin Laden, according to a senior health official in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where the latest killings happened.

Pakistani health workers administer polio vaccines to children in Dera Ismail Khan, Afghanistan, on Monday. The workers have been targeted in recent killings.

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