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Pakistan says 2 died in attack on polio workers

Monday - 10/7/2013, 4:50am  ET

RIAZ KHAN
Associated Press

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani police official says an attack on a team of polio workers has killed two people, revising a higher toll that was initially reported.

Senior superintendent of police operations for Peshawar district, Najeeb ur-Rehman, says those killed were a police officer and a member of a volunteer peace committee.

They died when a bomb went off near their van on Monday in a suburb of the provincial capital of Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan.

Police earlier reported that six people died but ur-Rehman says that figure was later revised to two.

The dead were supposed to be protecting workers administering anti-polio vaccine to local residents.

Militants who oppose the vaccinations often target workers delivering the vaccine and threaten people who want to get their kids vaccinated.


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