miércoles, 27 de febrero de 2013

Gunmen Kills Nigerian Polio Vaccine Workers In Echo of Pakistan Attacks

Gunmen Kill Nigerian Polio Vaccine Workers in Echo of Pakistan Attacks At least nine polio immunization workers were shot to death in northern Nigeria on Friday by gunmen who attacked two clinics, officials said. Enlarge This Image Deji Yake/European Pressphoto Agency A Nigerian child was vaccinated in Bauchi State on Tuesday as part of a national drive. On Friday at least nine workers were shot dead in the north. Related Two More Pakistani Polio Workers Killed (February 1, 2013) Gunmen in Pakistan Kill Women Who Were Giving Children Polio Vaccines (December 19, 2012) Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors The killings, with eerie echoes of attacks that killed nine female polio workers in Pakistan in December, represented another serious setback for the global effort to eradicate polio. Most of the victims were women and were shot in the back of the head, local reports said. A four-day vaccination drive had just ended in Kano State, where the killings took place, and the vaccinators were in a "mop-up" phase, looking for children who had been missed, said Sarah Crowe, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Children's Fund, one of the agencies running the eradication campaign. Dr. Mohammad Ali Pate, Nigeria's minister of state for health, said in a telephone interview that it was not entirely clear whether the gunmen were specifically targeting polio workers or just attacking the <b>...</b>
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