Pakistan Taliban Kills 5 Women Vaccinating for Polio
Terror group claims they gunned down US spies
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 18, 2012 8:22 AM CST
Rukhsana Bibi grieves as she touches the body of her daughter, polio worker Madiha Bibi, killed by unknown gunmen, at a morgue of local hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, Dec. 18, 2012.   (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

(Newser) – Gunmen shot and killed five women who were administering polio vaccines to children in Pakistan today, in a pair of attacks likely intended to strike fear into health workers across the country. The Taliban has been a vocal opponent of the government's UN-backed drive to vaccinate children against polio, claiming that the vaccine is harmful and that the workers administering it are American spies, the AP reports.

Four women were killed in Karachi today, in an attack that also critically wounded two male workers. Gunmen on motorcycles also gunned down a 17-year-old girl overseeing an anti-polio campaign near Peshawar, Reuters reports. "These incidents are depressing, and may cause difficulties in the anti-polio drive, but people should not lose heart," a senior health official said. The government is "determined to eliminate polio despite all odds and difficult conditions."

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HANKHILL
Dec 19, 2012 4:14 PM CST
THESE ARE SAVAGES AND ALWAYS WILL BE SAVAGES! CALIPH BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA GET US THE HELL OUT OF THERE NOW! JUST LET THEM KILL EACHOTHER IN PEACE!
jsehgal
Dec 18, 2012 10:37 PM CST
There are many groups here in the Western world that are opposed to vaccination. I am happy that these groups are not as militant as Taliban.
reallybig
Dec 18, 2012 10:28 AM CST
EVERYBODY should know by now, that ALL western countries reporters, aid agency workers, and peace corp workers, are ALL western spies. --- IF these western countries really want to help these countries, give the aid to those countries without any strings attached to it. --- The western news agencies only broadcast western propaganda and misinformation only, and report to western spy agencies. -------- REALLY