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Polio worker shot in Pak during vaccination drive

A member of an anti-polio vaccination team was gunned down by unknown gunmen while administiring vaccines to children in the restive northwest tribal region of Pakistan – one of the last frontier where the crippling disease still remains endemic.

The anti-polio vaccination team came under attack in the Jamrud area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

One of the victims was rushed to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, they said.

This is not the first such incident. In January, at least 15 people, including 12 policemen and a paramilitary soldier, were killed in a suicide bombing targeting polio workers in Quetta. 

In April, seven policemen were shot by unidentified gunmen in two separate attacks during a polio campaign. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries in the world where polio remains endemic. 
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