Daily Trust (Abuja)

8 February 2013

Nigeria: 10 Polio Workers Shot Dead

Photo: Gates Foundation
A local health worker carries polio vaccines in Nigeria (file photo).

Kano — 10 polio vaccination staff were shot dead on Friday morning at two locations in Kano state.

The first incident happened around 9am at a clinic called Shargalle at Filin Cashew in Unguwar Uku when gunmen in a tricycle appeared and opened fire on the vaccination officers, killing two workers and wounding four others, hospital sources have confirmed.

Earlier reports had said four of the workers were killed in the attack

Eight other women were gunned down when another set of tricycle-riding gunmen attacked another clinic at Wuro Pagga along the Western By-pass as they were about to head out for the day's exercise.

This is the first time health workers have been targeted in any attack and are coming on the heels of a proposed visit by the Inspector-General of Police to the Police College at Wudil later today.

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