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Murder of nine polio workers in Nigeria threatens eradication efforts

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 12 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f954
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

At least nine polio immunisation workers have been shot dead in Nigeria, sparking concern that violent Islamist resistance to vaccination programmes is increasingly threatening efforts to eradicate the disease.

The health workers, all thought to have been women, were killed at two different health centres in the predominantly Muslim Kano region of northern Nigeria. Most were found with bullet wounds in the back of the head, according to local reports. Several others were injured, and one told journalists the attackers tried to lock her and others inside a building and burn them alive.

The attack, on 8 …

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