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Gunmen kill Pakistani officer with polio team

Attack is latest on vaccine effort across the country

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Gunmen killed a police officer Tuesday who was protecting a team of polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in northwestern Pakistan.

It was the latest of several attacks on Pakistani efforts to eradicate the deadly disease, found in only three countries in the world. Militant extremists view the vaccination campaigns as Western-backed plots to gain intelligence in sensitive areas and have frequently targeted the medical staff and those protecting polio teams.

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