Five polio vaccination workers shot dead in Afghanistan; UN condemns ‘brutal’ killings – UN News

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A UN-supported polio worker in Afghanistan administers a polio vaccine to a young child (file).

The UN humanitarian coordination office OCHA, said the deaths and injuries occurred during five separate attacks on health workers – the latest in a recent spate which saw three health workers killed in March during the national polio vaccination effort in Nangahar.

Earlier this month, humanitarian workers with the Halo Trust demining group, came under attack in northern Afghanistan, where extremists from an ISIL affiliate killed ten and wounded more than a dozen, in what the UN Security Council described as an “atrocious and cowardly targeted attack”.

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, said that he was “appalled by the brutality of these killings” on Tuesday, adding that “the senseless violence must stop”, urging Afghan authorities to bring those responsible to justice.

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