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Fears for Afghan anti-polio drive

Almost 200,000 children in Afghanistan missed out on a recent polio immunisation drive because of violence linked to the Taleban, the UN says.

The UN carried out a vaccination programme in six provinces last week.

But it says it could not reach children in parts of Helmand and Kandahar in the south for security reasons.

A UN spokesman said this was despite pledges from the Taleban that they would not attack or obstruct thousands of staff carrying out the vaccinations.

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