2 More Anti-polio Workers Killed in Pakistan Attack
[An Nahar] A bomb Thursday killed two polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
vaccination workers in Pakistain's northwestern tribal region, officials said, the latest in a series of such attacks which have now killed 19 in two months.
There has been no claim of responsibility for any of the killings. But the umbrella Taliban faction last year banned polio vaccinations in the tribal region of Wazoo, condemning the campaign as a cover for espionage.
"The two-men team was visiting Mali Khel village in upper Kurram tribal region when an improvised bomb planted along the roadside went off, killing them on the spot," Jawad Ali, in charge of the campaign in Kurram, told Agence La Belle France Presse.
He said the team had been visiting different areas which were not covered by a three-day campaign that ended Wednesday.
Local administration official Javaid Ullah confirmed the incident.
Kurram is part of the semi-autonomous tribal belt near the Afghan border where Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked hard boyz have carved out strongholds to plot attacks on Pak, Afghan and Western targets.
It is also rife with sectarian violence between Shiite and Sunni Moslems.
Pakistain, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only countries in the world where polio is endemic. But rumors about vaccines being a plot to sterilize Moslems have long dogged efforts to tackle the highly infectious disease.
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