PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer protecting polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, the police said.
The attack took place as dozens of polio workers — including several women — were going door to door to vaccinate children in Gullu Dheri village of Swabi district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said senior police officer Izhar Shah. None of the polio workers the police officer was protecting was hurt in the attack, he said.
‘‘The polio workers were terrified and immediately went back to their homes after the attack,’’ Shah told The Associated Press. ‘‘The antipolio drive in that village has been suspended.’’
Some Islamic militants oppose the vaccination campaign, accusing health workers of acting as spies for the United States and saying the polio vaccine is intended to make Muslim children sterile. Pakistan is one of the few remaining places where polio is still rampant.
In the northwest, a man wounded a polio worker with an ax.
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