|A teenage Pakistani victim of polio (Photo ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS / AP)|
In October, gunmen on motorcycles shot up a vaccination team giving drops to under 5's in Quetta, and one victim was killed.
Then there was a series of co-ordinated attacks over a 20 minute period in Karachi, a favourite Taliban hunting ground, just yesterday. Four women workers were shot dead, and the polio vaccination program has been suspended in the city. Elsewhere, in Peshawar another female vaccination worker was fatally shot - she died of her injuries later that day.
Experts say Pakistan is an especially key battleground against the disease because of the danger of reinfection of other nations. Recent cases in China came from Pakistan, and the number of children paralysed in Pakistan has been rising, with 200 recorded last year.
The Taliban once again show themselves to be students of evil and death.