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Gunmen kill female health workers in Afghanistan to disrupt polio vaccination drive

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Extremist groups in Afghanistan targeted female health workers who were working for the government’s polio vaccine campaign. Some unknown gunmen shot vaccination workers at two separate locations in Jalalabad, killing two volunteers and one supervisor in the polio immunisation programme. A blast also rocked the provincial health department headquarters but left no casualties.This recent violence on women medical staff came on the second day of a five-day polio immunization drive. The Sopore Municipal Council in Kashmir witnessed a deadly attack on councillors and security guards while the meeting of the council was in progress. In the dastardly act, terrorists barged into the building and opened fire which resulted in the death of two councillors and a guard. Preliminary investigation indicated that a local terrorist Mudasir Pandit of proscribed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and a foreign terrorist were involved in the attack. In a recently held briefing by the UN Security Council’s 1540 committee on the issue of “Non-Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction”, India reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to global efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. India’s permanent member to UN, TS Tirumurti urged the council to remain cognizant of the dangers of weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of terror groups. Recently, Jaipur court awarded life term to 12 SIMI members on terrorism charges. They had links with the terrorist organization 'Indian Mujahideen' when they were arrested in March 2014 by Anti-Terrorist Squad and Special Group of the Rajasthan Police. They have been found guilty of buying SIMs by showing fake documents, raising funds in the name of Jihad, giving shelter to terrorists and conducting recce for bombings.
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