Bomb near Pakistan polio centre ‘kills 14’

At least 14 people have been killed in a bombing outside a polio vaccination centre in the south-western Pakistani city of Quetta, officials say, the BBC 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 sterilise Pakistani children.

It is not yet clear who carried out the bombing and whether the attackers intended to hit polio workers.

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 blast took place, told reporters. About 20 people were injured.

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