Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Attack in Pakistan Kills 7 Teachers and Aid Workers

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Attack in Pakistan Kills 7 Teachers and Aid Workers

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The attack fit a pattern of violence against charity and aid workers in recent weeks that officials have attributed to the Pakistani Taliban.

Continuing a militant campaign of violence against aid workers in Pakistan, gunmen on Tuesday killed seven Pakistani teachers and health workers, six of them women, the police said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But the shooting, in the Swabi district of the northwestern province of Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa, fit a pattern of attacks against charity and aid workers across the country in recent weeks that officials have attributed to the Pakistani Taliban.

The offensive has brought a wave of international outrage, particularly because it has focused on vaccination and health workers in a country where polio and measles have made troubling gains.

The attack on Tuesday, near the village of Sher Afzal Banda, was conducted by two men on a motorcycle who opened fire on a van taking the workers home, the police said. The dead worked for the private Pakistani aid group Support With Working Solution, which works in the health and education sectors.

"They opened fire and killed six females and one male," Javed Akhtar, the executive director of the aid group, said in a telephone interview. …

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