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Polio team attacked in Pakistan

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Islamabad, Sep 15 (IANS) A man was killed on Monday when armed men attacked a polio campaign team in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

 

According to a campaign official, armed men opened fire at the team in Pishin’s Karbala area, Dawn online reported.

The assailants made a quick escape as they drove away on a motorcycle soon after the attack.

The health department of Balochistan, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef, launched an anti-polio campaign in Quetta, Killa Abdullah and Pishin last week.

The campaign aims to target over 700,000 children.

Polio teams in Quetta, Pishin and other parts of Balochistan have come under attack by militants in the past.

The Taliban has also banned polio vaccination in North Waziristan in June 2012.

Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria.

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