Ban laments killings of anti-polio workers; ninth victim dies

12/20/2012 | ABC News · Reuters · Washington Post, The

The shooting deaths this week in Pakistan of health workers helping administer polio vaccines to children were "cruel, senseless and inexcusable," said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The death toll among health workers -- six of whom were women, and almost all of whom were volunteers -- rose to nine after one succumbed today to wounds from being shot in the head in the city of Peshawar. The gunmen on motorbikes who carried out the attacks remain unidentified, but Taliban militants in the country long have threatened anti-polio workers.

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