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2 aid workers, 5 teachers shot dead in Pakistan

Gunmen may have targeted antipolio efforts

ISLAMABAD — Gunmen on motorcycles sprayed a van carrying employees from a community center with bullets Tuesday, killing five female teachers and two aid workers, but sparing a child they took out of the vehicle before opening fire.

The director of the group that the seven worked for said he suspects it may have been the latest attack targeting antipolio efforts in Pakistan. Some militants oppose the vaccination campaigns, accusing health workers of acting as spies for the United States and alleging the vaccine is intended to make Muslim children sterile.

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