Terrorism

UN doctor, driver shot in Karachi

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Wednesday, 18-July-2012

 

KARACHI: Gunmen opened fire on a UN vehicle near Sohrab Goth Tuesday, wounding a foreign doctor working on a polio immunisation campaign and a local driver, officials said.
 
The shooting happened in the Soharb Goth neighbourhood on the second day of a widely publicised polio vaccination campaign.
 
"A WHO vehicle was fired upon with gunshots. One international staff and one local driver were injured in the incident," Maryam Yunus, spokeswoman for the United Nations' World Health Organization told.
 
She said the doctor from Ghana and the Pakistani doctor had been transferred to a private hospital in the southern port city where their condition was stable.
 
"They are out of danger," Yunus said.
 
Police blamed the shooting on two Afghan men. Soharb Ghoth neighbourhood is home to thousands of Afghan refugees and migrants from northwest Pakistan looking for work in Karachi, with a population of 18 million.
 
Local police station chief Mohammad Sultan said the doctor had been working in the neighbourhood for about three months, where he was vaccinating against polio.
 
"He was going there when firing took place," Sultan said.
 
Police had initially said that the doctor was critically wounded.
 
Local television channels broadcast footage of bullet holes in the unmarked, white double-cabin pick-up vehicle.



    

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