- Title: PAKISTAN: Pakistani police make arrests over killed polio workers
- Date: 9th January 2013
- Summary: KARACHI, PAKISTAN (FILE - DECEMBER 2012) (REUTERS) RESIDENTS AND MEDIA GATHERED OUTSIDE JINNAH HOSPITAL MORGUE AMBULANCES CARRYING BODIES OF POLIO WORKERS ARRIVING AMBULANCE WORKERS PULLING BODIES OUT AMBULANCE WORKERS BRINGING BODIES INSIDE MORGUE WORKER PLACING WHITE SHEET OVER BODY OF ONE FEMALE HEALTH WORKER CLOSE OF HAND TYING FEET OF BODY VARIOUS OF AMBULANCE WORKER CLOSING EYES OF BODY POLICE INVESTIGATING AS BODIES LAY IN MORGUE
- Embargoed: 24th January 2013 12:00
- Location: Pakistan
- Country: Pakistan
- Reuters ID: LVA7NFHPRE3HZ5C9LCLOASRN15PT
- Story Text: Police in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi on Wednesday (January 9) said they had arrested five alleged Taliban suspected to be involved in the killing of four female polio workers and a male staffer in December, last year.
Inspector Ghulam Shabbir Sheikh told reporters in Karachi the accused belonged to Tehrik-e-Taliban Swat and had carried out a number of attacks in Karachi recently.
"They are involved in polio workers' murder case. And they are involved in the Aisha Manzil blast, which was the latest of their terrorist actions. They are also involved in the murder of Awami National Party-ANP leader, Amir Sardar."
Sheikh said a joint police team raided a hideout last night on a tip off and arrested the five men. He said the arrested men hailed from the Mehsud tribe.
Sheikh also said the police recovered a quad bike, a pressure cooker filled with explosives and home made tennis ball grenades from the arrested men.
On December 18 last year, gunmen shot five health workers on working an anti-polio drive in a string of attacks in Pakistan, raising fears for the safety of workers immunising children against the crippling disease.
Many Islamists, including Taliban militants, have long opposed the campaign. Some say it aims to sterilise Muslims, while one militant commander said it could not continue unless attacks by U.S. drone aircraft stopped.
The Taliban have repeatedly threatened health workers involved in the campaign. Some said they received calls telling them to stop working with "infidels" just before the attacks.
But the Taliban have denied responsibility for the shootings.
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