Jan 21, 2014, 12:04 PM
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Three polio workers shot dead in Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan 21, IRNA – Three people, including two women, were killed when a polio team was attacked in port city of Karachi on Tuesday, local media reported.

The team – working without any security – was attacked in Karachi’s Qayummabad area.

The injured were shifted to a local hospital where three succumbed to their injuries.

According to eyewitnesses, two armed men had been waiting in the area for a while and attacked the team as soon as workers entered the neighbourhood.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack comes a day after Sindh health authorities began to inoculate some 7.6 million children of the province with polio vaccine as part of a nationwide drive that is to continue until Thursday. The first day of the immunisation campaign

had concluded without any untoward incident.

The children of Sindh are among the over 33 million Pakistani children who are being administered with anti-polio vaccine during the National Immunisation Days (NIDs), scheduled to continue until Jan 23.

Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio is still endemic, but efforts to stamp out the crippling disease have been hit by repeated attacks on health teams.

Officials blame violence for a surge in cases.