I am appalled to keep having to posts these stories.
Gunmen have shot dead at least two policemen providing security to a team of polio workers in north-west Pakistan. A polio worker was also killed in a separate attack, local media have reported.
The two policemen were travelling from the town of Swabi to Topi by motorbike when they were attacked.
The polio worker was shot on the outskirts of Peshawar.
The attacks are the latest in a series targeting polio teams in the country.
No one has officially claimed responsibility for the attacks but as we have discussed previously, when several other incidents resulted in death, Islamist militants hold the position that vaccination is un-Islamic and have attacked health workers giving polio vaccinations. The nonsense rumor is that the vaccinations are a plot to sterilize Muslims. Since we’ve been able to nearly eradicate polio around the world, except in these small enclaves, and we’re ALL still reproducing just fine, I do not know the basis for this particular claim. Nor will I ever understand it entirely since it is rooted in mistrust and misunderstanding as well as ignorance and irrationality.
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