Bomb kills 2 in latest attack on polio workers

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A bomb exploded near a government health center Monday in northwestern Pakistan as antipolio kits were being distributed, killing two people and wounding at least 12, Pakistani officials said.

The explosion in a suburb of Peshawar, the capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province near the Afghan border, was apparently detonated by remote control. It was the latest in a series of attacks on polio workers in Pakistan.

A policeman and a volunteer peace committee member were killed in the blast, which appeared to target police assigned to protect vaccinators and occurred shortly before they headed into nearby neighborhoods to administer the antipolio vaccine, authorities said. The wounded included seven policemen and five civilians.

No one took immediate responsibility for the attack, although the Taliban is suspected.