We’ve covered stories about anti-vax extremists in Pakistan who have murdered vaccine workers. It reached the point where the UN temporarily shut down their program. Now, bombs.
Two people, one a police officer, have been killed by a bomb which went off near anti-polio campaigners in Pakistan, say police.
The blast struck a van near a hospital in Budh Bher suburb of the north-western city of Peshawar.
A death toll of six was given earlier but later corrected by police.
Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic, due in part to militant resistance to polio mass vaccination campaigns.
The bomb targeted the 12 or 13 people on the team. It was reported in this piece that a larger bomb was found but defused. Peshawar is currently an area of civil unrest. But the vaccine scare was triggered by the CIA’s fake hepatitis program that was a cover to collect info on Osama bin Laden. That was a COLOSSAL screw up with ramifications yet today as Pakistan remains one of the few countries with a serious polio problem.