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Blast Near Polio Workers Kills Two Pakistani Police Officers

A man carries a young girl who was injured in the October 7 bomb blast near Peshawar that appeared to target police providing security for a polio-eradication effort.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- At least two police offers have died and several others are wounded after a bomb exploded near a polio-vaccination team in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.

The October 7 attack appears to have targeted police who were assigned to protect the vaccination team.

Police officer Granullah Khan told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that 12 police officers were sitting in a van when it was struck by the roadside explosive device.

The attack occurred on the third and last day of a UN-backed vaccination campaign in a Peshawar suburb.

Health workers have been attacked repeatedly since the Taliban denounced vaccination as a Western plot to sterilize Muslims.

Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio is still endemic.

Eight new cases were reported last week, according to the Global Eradication Initiative.

With reporting by Reuters and AFP