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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 - 12:13
Blast Near Pakistan Polio Centre 'Kills 14'
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At least 14 people have been killed in a blast outside a polio vaccination Centre in the south-western Pakistani city of Quetta, Pakistan Local Media reports.

Many of the casualties are thought to have been police guarding the clinic.

Armed guards are routine for polio workers in Pakistan, who have been the target of many deadly attacks by Islamist militants in recent years.

Militants oppose polio vaccination, saying it is a Western conspiracy to sterilize Pakistani children.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two countries where the disease is still endemic.

The explosion took place in the morning around the time workers report for duty before heading out on their vaccination rounds, Sarfaraz Bugti, a minister for Balochistan province where the attack took place, told reporters.

The number of attacks on polio teams in Pakistan declined last year, compared with 2014 which saw several deadly assaults, reportedly.

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