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Killers Target Pakistan's Polio Workers

The Islamist terrorist group Jundullah has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on volunteers working to provide basic life-saving care and help eradicate polio in Pakistan through vaccination. There have been occasional attacks on health workers in the region in the past, but nine killings in several days sparked calls for central and regional Pakistani officials to better guarantee the young volunteers' safety. (WARNING: Graphic images) (10 PHOTOS)

Rukhsana Bibi weeps next to the body of her daughter Madiha, a slain polio-eradication worker, in an ambulance outside Jinnah Hospital in Karachi on December 18. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)
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Rukhsana Bibi weeps next to the body of her daughter Madiha, a slain polio-eradication worker, in an ambulance outside Jinnah Hospital in Karachi on December 18. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

The bodies of two female polio-eradication workers lie in the morgue of Jinnah Hospital in Karachi on December 18, when six killings and a further attack all targeted such volunteers. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)
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The bodies of two female polio-eradication workers lie in the morgue of Jinnah Hospital in Karachi on December 18, when six killings and a further attack all targeted such volunteers. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

A rescue worker inspects blood-stained paperwork that was being carried by Nasima Bibi, who was shot and killed by gunmen in Karachi on December 18. (Reuters/Athar Hussain)
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A rescue worker inspects blood-stained paperwork that was being carried by Nasima Bibi, who was shot and killed by gunmen in Karachi on December 18. (Reuters/Athar Hussain)

The feet of a slain antipolio worker are tied by rescue workers after her body was brought to Jinnah Hospital morgue in Karachi on December 18. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)
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The feet of a slain antipolio worker are tied by rescue workers after her body was brought to Jinnah Hospital morgue in Karachi on December 18. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

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