The Straits Times
Published on Feb 26, 2013

Gunmen kill Pakistani officer escorting polio team on UN vaccination campaign


PESHAWAR (AP) - Police say gunmen have shot dead a police officer protecting a team of polio workers during a United Nations-backed vaccination campaign in northwestern Pakistan.

Police officer Fazal Wahid says no polio workers were wounded in Tuesday's attack in the districts of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. In December, gunmen killed nine polio workers in similar attacks across Pakistan.

Some militant groups in Pakistan oppose the vaccination campaign, accusing health workers of acting as spies for the United States and claim the polio vaccine is intended to make children sterile.