Eight Polio Vaccinators Killed In Separate Assaults in Afghanistan: UN

The United Nations on Thursday said that unknown gunmen had shot dead at least eight polio vaccinators in four separate attacks across Afghanistan, calling for a thorough investigation to bring the culprits to justice.

The UN in a statement said that one vaccinator was killed in northern Takhar province, and seven others were shot dead in separate areas in Kunduz province.

“We are appalled by the brutality of these killings, across four separate locations. This senseless violence must stop immediately, and those responsible must be investigated and brought to justice,” the UN said in a statement.

The UN termed these attacks a violation of international humanitarian law, saying the vaccinators were attacked while engaged in house-to-house visits to eradicate the crippling virus in Afghanistan.

The Taliban regime, which is not recognized by the international community so far, expressed unawareness of the incidents but said to launch an investigation on the matter.

Before the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, polio vaccination teams were frequently attacked by the insurgent groups active inside the country.  However, no group has so far claimed responsibility for the recent attacks on the polio vaccinators.

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