The Straits Times
Published on Dec 20, 2012

Pakistan reports 9th death in polio team attacks


PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani officials say another victim from attacks on UN backed anti-polio teams has died, bringing the three-day toll to nine.

Health official Janbaz Afridi says 20-year-old Hilal Khan died on Thursday, a day after he was shot in the head in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Since Monday, gunmen had launched attacks in across Pakistan on teams vaccinating children against polio. Six women are among the nine anti-polio workers killed in the vaccination campaign jointly conducted with the Pakistani government.

The UN has suspended the drive until a government investigation is completed.