Nigeria polio vaccinators shot dead in Kano
Nine female polio vaccinators were killed in two shootings at health centres in northern Nigeria, police have told the BBC.
In the primary attack in Kano the polio vaccinators were shot dead by gunmen who drove up on a motor tricycle.
Thirty minutes later gunmen targeted a clinic outside Kano city because the vaccinators prepared to start out work.
Some Nigerian Muslim leaders have previously opposed polio vaccinations, claiming they may cause infertility.
On Thursday, a controversial Islamic cleric spoke out against the polio vaccination campaign, telling people who new cases of polio were due to contaminated medicine.
Such opposition is a serious reason Nigeria is one in every of just three countries where polio remains to be endemic.
But it truly is believed to be the primary time polio vaccinators has been attacked inside the country.
Some Kano residents told the BBC’s Yusuf Yakasai within the city that folks injured inside the first attack were taken to hospital.
A health official confirmed to the BBC that those killed within the second attack in Hotoro were female medical examiners – there have been earlier reports that folk waiting on the clinic could have been among those shot.
Witnesses in Hotoro told the BBC gunmen also approached the health centre using a motor tricycle.
Kano banned motorbikes from carrying passengers after a up to date attack at the prominent Muslim leader, the emir of Kano.
Analysts believe the attacks could have been the work of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram nonetheless it has not yet commented.
The group – whose name translates as “Western education is forbidden” – says it’s fighting to overthrow the govt. and impose Sharia.
It was blamed for the deaths of a few 1,400 people in central and northerly Nigeria since 2010.
According to the worldwide Polio Eradication Initiative, there have been 121 cases of polio in Nigeria last year, when compared with 58 in Pakistan and 37 in Afghanistan.
In the past month, polio workers have also been targeted and killed in Pakistan, where the Taliban have threatened anti-polio efforts – accusing medical examiners of working as US spies and alleging that the vaccine makes children sterile.