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Attackers kill Ebola worker in Democratic Republic of Congo: WHO

April 19, 2019 GMT

Attackers descended on a hospital in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday and killed a doctor who’d been deployed to fight Ebola, the World Health Organization said.

WHO said Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, who is from Cameroon, died and two additional persons were injured at Butembo University Hospital.

“We are outraged by this attack health workers and health facilities must never be targets,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus.

WHO said it is still gathering information on the nature of the attack, the latest in a series of violent incidents in the part of DRC that is battling the second-worst Ebola outbreak on record.

The outbreak has resulted in over 1,300 cases and 840 deaths.

Though health workers have more tools than ever to fight the deadly disease including a trial vaccine and therapeutic drugs regional conflict and distrust of outsiders have resulted in violence, hindering the response.