Nov 4, 2013

Syrian minister blames polio outbreak on 'jihadists' from Pakistan.

A Syrian government minister has claimed that foreign fighters waging a jihadist war are responsible for an outbreak of polio in the country.

Ten cases have been confirmed by the United Nations in the first substantiated outbreak of the disease in Syria in 14 years.Babies and toddlers under two years old have contracted the disease.

Kindah al-Shammat, the Social Affairs Minister, told the Associated Press news agency that jihadis from Pakistan were to blame.