Polio vaccination workers

Gunmen kill policeman in Pakistan polio team attack

Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team in part of Pakistan’s restive tribal regions on Monday, killing a policeman who was providing security, officials said.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 5:54pm

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27 Feb 2013 - 3:37am

Pakistan policeman killed in new anti-polio attack

People carry the body of a police officer into an ambulance in Mardan. Pakistan, on Tuesday. Photo: AP

A Pakistani policeman was shot dead on Tuesday while protecting a polio vaccination team, police said, bringing the death toll in such attacks to 20 since December.

No one has claimed responsibility for the killings. But the umbrella Taliban faction last year banned polio vaccinations in the tribal region of Waziristan, alleging the campaign was a cover for espionage.

26 Feb 2013 - 9:00pm

Pakistan resumes polio vaccines under tight security

Pakistani security officials escort the heath workers as they administer Polio vaccination to children in Bajaur tribal region near the Afghan border on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Pakistan is providing paramilitary and police support to polio vaccinations being resumed discreetly in the northwest after a series of attacks on medical workers, officials said on Friday.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:18pm

Pakistan must eradicate virus of extremism

A health department worker applies a polio vaccine dose to a child in Peshawar, Pakistan. Photo: EPA

Pakistan's hopes of becoming a polio-free nation are in peril after the suspension of an immunisation campaign in the wake of the recent extremist killings of vaccination workers in Karachi and Peshawar.

More than 3.5 million Pakistani children are now at risk after missing out on the vaccination shots.

1 Jan 2013 - 3:17am

Eight polio workers in Pakistan shot dead

Relatives grieve over a female polio worker's body. Photo: Reuters

Gunmen in Pakistan mounted fresh attacks yesterday on health workers carrying out polio vaccinations, taking the death toll to eight and prompting Unicef and WHO to suspend work on a campaign opposed by the Taliban.

20 Dec 2012 - 3:27am

Six polio workers shot dead in Pakistan

Rescue workers move the body of one of the Polio vaccination workers to a mortuary in Karachi on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

Gunmen in Pakistan on Tuesday killed six health workers at the start of a nationwide polio vaccination drive, highlighting resistance to a campaign opposed by the Taliban.

18 Dec 2012 - 9:42pm