Pakistan Suspends Anti-Polio Drive After Deadly Attacks On Vaccination Teams

Pakistani health officials have suspended a nationwide anti-polio campaign following the killings in less than a week of a health worker and two policemen escorting vaccination teams.

Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio is still endemic.

But militant threats, deep-rooted superstition, and opposition to vaccination by some local clerics have prompted many parents to refuse to have their children vaccinated there.

Authorities say unidentified gunmen targeted polio workers and police assigned to protect them in three separate attacks during the past week.