Hundreds of villagers in northwest Pakistan turned out Wednesday to bury five female teachers and two health workers who were gunned down a day earlier by militants in what may have been the latest in a series of attacks targeting anti-polio efforts in the country.
The seven had worked at a community center in the town of Swabi
that included a primary school and a medical clinic that vaccinated
children against polio. Some militants oppose the vaccination
campaigns, accusing health workers of acting as spies for the U.S.
and alleging the vaccine is intended to make Muslim children
As mourners carried the coffins through the town for burial Wednesday, family and friends expressed horror that such an attack had struck their community.