Women's education and health workers killed in Pakistan

By staff writers
1 Jan 2013

Seven development workers in north-west Pakistan, six of them women working at a health and education project, have been shot dead.

The assault took place near a children's community centre. All the victims were Pakistani citizens and a number of the women were teachers.

Their vehicle came under fire from men on motorbikes with guns near a centre run by the respected Pakistani charity Ujala (Light), say local police.

The shooting happened in the Swabi district, which is close to a road connecting Peshawar to the eastern city of Lahore.

The centre is a combination of a school and a clinic specialising in maternal health.

No one has claimed direct responsibility for the atrocity yet, but Taliban allied groups have been carrying out a series of attacks against polio vaccination initiatives, believing them to be a "US plot".

Similarly, the Taliban oppose women's education.

Ujala's slogan is "Journey towards an educated Pakistan". It works for free, high quality schooling and equality.

[Ekk/3]

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