Three killed in attack on polio team in Karachi

Gunmen killed three health workers taking part in a polio vaccination drive in Karachi on Tuesday, police said, in the latest blow to efforts to stamp out the disease in Pakistan.

After the attacks, the latest in a series of deadly assaults on vaccination teams, the provincial polio workers’ association said it was halting operations across Sindh province.

Men on motorbikes opened fire on polio teams in two separate incidents in the Qayyumabad neighbourhood in the east of Pakistan’s biggest city.

The attacks came just days after the World Health Organisation warned that Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar was the world’s “largest reservoir” of the polio virus.

The polio campaign was postponed in the city’s East Zone after the attack. The chairperson of the Sindh Polio Workers Association also announced that the association members will not take part in the campaign. “Our workers will not put their lives in danger for Rs250 ($2,37),” she said.