Ninth Death Reported in Polio Team Attacks

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PESHAWAR: Another victim from attacks on UN backed anti-polio teams has died, bringing the three-day toll to nine, an official said.     

Health official Janbaz Afridi said 20-year-old Hilal Khan died on Thursday, a day after he was shot in the head in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Since Monday, gunmen had launched attacks across Pakistan on teams vaccinating children against polio.

Six women are among the nine anti-polio workers killed in the vaccination campaign jointly conducted with the Pakistani government.

The UN has suspended the drive until a government investigation is completed.

Pakistan is one of only three countries where the crippling disease is endemic.

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