Pakistan women polio team attacked

Islamabad, March 16 (IANS) A three-member lady health worker anti-polio team was shot at and injured by armed men in Garhi Yasin area of Sindh province on Wednesday.

The polio team was working as part of the latest four-day polio vaccination drive launched across the country, reports Dawn.

Two lady health workers sustained gunshot injuries, while a third was injured while trying to flee the scene. The armed men were hidden in a forested area and ambushed the workers as they passed by.

The polio workers were not provided police security, which was standard procedure during anti-polio drives.

Polio workers have long been targeted in the country due to rumours that the polio immunisation drive is a front for espionage or is a conspiracy.

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