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Suspected militants shot dead two polio vaccinators at Swabi in northwest Pakistan Sunday,the latest in a string of attacks

Published: June 17, 2013 1:20:14 am

2 polio workers killed in Pak

Islamabad: Suspected militants shot dead two polio vaccinators at Swabi in northwest Pakistan Sunday,the latest in a string of attacks targeting the government’s vaccination campaign.

The vaccinators were attacked while they administering polio drops to children in Swabi area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province,officials said. This was the second such attack in Swabi.

In January,six women and a man working for a NGO involved in the vaccination campaign were shot dead in the district. Last month,the killing of a female polio vaccinator on the outskirts of Peshawar city had prompted the World Health Organisation to suspend its vaccination campaign.

No group claimed responsibility for today’s attack though the Pakistani Taliban banned polio vaccinations in parts of the tribal belt last year,claiming the drive was a cover for espionage.

On May 20,suspected militants attacked a team of polio vaccinators in the restive Bajaur tribal region and killed a security personnel. In April,a policeman was killed when suspected militants attacked a team of polio vaccinators in Mardan town of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. PTI

Pope blesses Harley rally

vatican city: Pope Francis on Sunday blessed thousands of Harley Davidson bikes and their riders as the American motorcycle manufacturer celebrated its 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.

Thundering Harley engines nearly drowned out the recitation of the “Our Father’’ prayer in Latin that accompanied Francis as he greeted the crowd before Mass. In St. Peter’s Square,bikers in their trademark leather Harley vests sat alongside nuns and tens of thousands of faithful Catholics taking part in an unrelated,two-day pro-life rally,the centerpiece of which was Francis’ Mass.

Francis addressed them both after Mass,blessing the “numerous participants’’ of the Harley rally. AP

UK mosque attack: 4 stabbed

London: Four persons,including a police officer,were stabbed inside a mosque in the British city of Birmingham over an argument. A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the incident Saturday night.

“Police were called at 11pm on Saturday night to a mosque in Washwood Heath Road,Ward End,to reports of three men with stab wounds. Officers arrived at the incident and whilst the man was being detained,one police officer also suffered a stab wound,” West Midlands Police spokesperson said Sunday. The injured are in stable condition.

Initial reports suggest an argument may have taken place inside the mosque prior to the attack. The incident began during the final prayer session of the evening. Eyewitnesses report that a man of Somali appearance began attacking worshippers with a machete.

Police officers were on Sunday conducting patrols in the area surrounding the mosque to reassure local residents. A cordon is in place while investigations continue at the Washwood Heath Muslim Centre in Ward End and police are investigating whether the attack was a hate crime. PTI

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