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Vaccinators refuse to join polio campaign in Pakistan

Health workers in part of a troubled Pakistani tribal region Friday refused to participate in a polio vaccination campaign because of security threats, officials said. The three-day campaign in the Khyber tribal district is due to start on Saturday, almost three weeks after gunmen shot dead a worker while he was administering polio drops and vaccines to children in the town of Jamrud. Efforts to stamp out the crippling disease in Pakistan have been seriously hampered by militant attacks on health workers inoculating children.

Three dead in NATO convoy attack in Pakistan

Militants attacked NATO supply trucks in northwest Pakistan with guns and mortars on Monday, killing at least three drivers and wounding six others, officials said. The attack took place in the Shagai area, 20 kilometres (12 miles) southeast of Landi Kotal, the main town of Khyber district, one of seven tribal areas on the Afghan border that are a haven for Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked insurgents. "At least three drivers were killed and six other helpers were wounded after a gun and mortar attack," local administration official Azam Wazir told AFP.
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