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UN suspends polio drive in Pakistan after killings

Peshawar, Dec 20: The United Nations suspended its polio vaccination drive in Pakistan on Wednesday after eight people involved in the effort were shot dead in the past two days, a U.N. official said.The suspension

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk Updated on: December 20, 2012 16:26 IST

On Wednesday, gunmen shot at a woman working on the campaign in northwest Pakistan, killing her and her driver, one of five attacks during the day on polio workers. A male polio immunization worker was critically wounded in one of the shootings.

This week six other people have been killed who were working on the immunization program, which has been jointly conducted with the Pakistani government. No one has claimed responsibility, but some Islamic extremists charge that the program is a cover for espionage.

At the U.N., Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the killing as “cruel, senseless and inexcusable.” He said the eight workers were among thousands across Pakistan “working selflessly to achieve the historic goal of polio eradication.”

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