2 Jan 2013

Charity workers killed in Pakistan

5:12 am on 2 January 2013

Seven charity workers, six of them women, have been shot dead in north-west Pakistan.

The women, some of them teachers, were attacked near a children's community centre. A male colleague died with them. All were Pakistani citizens.

Their vehicle came under gunfire from men on motorbikes near the centre run by Ujala, (Light).

The BBC reports the incident happened in the Swabi district close to a road connecting Peshawar to the eastern city of Lahore.

The centre was part school and part clinic, specialising in maternal health.

District police chief Abdul Rashid Khan said the driver of the vehicle was also wounded.

Last month, gunmen killed nine health workers taking part in a national polio vaccination campaign.