Roadside bomb kills two polio workers in NW Pakistan

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PARACHINAR, Pakistan — A roadside bomb killed two Pakistani polio workers on their way to vaccinate children in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border today, an official said.

The two men were on their way to Malikhel village as part of the U.N.-backed anti-polio campaign when the bomb hit their motorcycle, said government administrator Yousuf Rahim.

The attack — the third this week against polio workers in Pakistan — took place in the Kurram region, a known militant stronghold.

Rahim said it was not immediately clear if the two workers killed today were the actual target of the bombing. Javed Husain, a doctor at a hospital in the town of Parachinar, said the slain men were working as contractors for the government-run anti-polio program in the area.

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