Four bodies of anti-polio team found in SW Pakistan

- Two of the deceased have been identified as security personnel guarding the team, one as a driver and the fourth is believed to be a vaccinator.

By Aamir Latif

KARACHI, Pakistan (AA) - Four bodies of five members of an anti-polio team who went missing last week in the southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan have been found, authorities said on Tuesday. 

The bodies were found in a mountainous area of Zhob district that borders neighboring Afghanistan. 

One of the abductees is still missing, local Geo TV reported.

Two of the deceased have been identified as security personnel guarding the team, one as a driver and the fourth is believed to be a vaccinator.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but security forces suspect Taliban militants were involved.

Anti-polio vaccinators have been facing a hard time in Pakistan; according to local media, over 40 vaccinators have been killed in militant attacks in the country in the last five years.

Pakistan is one of three countries, including Nigeria and Afghanistan, where the polio virus is endemic.

The South Asian Muslim state was already placed under World Health Organization travel restrictions in June, in a bid to contain the spread of polio.

Some 278 polio cases – 80 percent from the northwestern tribal belt, which is plagued by constant fighting – have been reported in Pakistan in 2014.

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