Pakistan reports ninth death in polio team attacks

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Another victim from attacks on U.N.-backed anti-polio teams in Pakistan died today, bringing the three-day death toll in the wave of assaults on volunteers vaccinating children across the country to nine, officials said.

Since Monday, gunmen had launched attacks across Pakistan on teams vaccinating children against polio. Six women were among the nine anti-polio workers killed in the campaign, jointly conducted with the Pakistani government.

The U.N. World Health Organization suspended the drive until a government investigation was completed.

Azmat Abbas, with UNICEF in Pakistan said the field staff would resume the work when they have a secure working environment.

However, local officials in the eastern city of Lahore continued the vaccination today under police escort, and extended the campaign with a two-day follow-up.

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