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Blasts targeting Pak polio team kill 12

Blasts targeting Pak polio team kill 12

Afp, Peshawar

Twelve people were killed and 11 injured when three roadside bombs targeting a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's restive northwest exploded yesterday, officials said, in the latest attack on efforts to combat the crippling disease.
Militant strikes and threats of violence have badly hampered campaigns to stamp out polio in Pakistan, one of only three countries where the disease remains endemic.
Eleven paramilitary troops and one child died after the bombs detonated in the Lashora area of Jamroud Tehsil in Khyber tribal district, an official told AFP.
The troops were protecting a convoy of health workers who were on their way to administer anti-polio drops to children as part of a three-day campaign against polio that started Friday, he said.

 

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