Gunmen kill Pakistani officer escorting polio team

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Gunmen kill Pakistani officer escorting polio vaccination team

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Gunmen shot and killed a police officer who was protecting a team of polio workers today during a U.N.-backed vaccination campaign in northwestern Pakistan.

It was the latest of several attacks on Pakistani efforts to eradicate the deadly disease, found in only three countries in the world.

No polio workers were wounded in Tuesday’s attack in the Mardan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said police officer Fazal Wahid. At least two attackers were hiding in a field near a narrow road as the polio workers walked by on their way to visit houses in the area, said Mardan Police Chief Inam Jan.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and it wasn’t immediately known whether the police officer was targeted because he was protecting the polio team or for some other reason.

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