Congo: Militiamen kill senior WHO official in an attack on Congo Ebola centre

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (Reuters) – Heavily armed militiamen attacked a hospital treating Ebola patients in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, killing a senior World Health Organization (WHO) epidemiologist and injuring two others, officials said.

Three assailants from a local self-defense militia attacked the hospital in the city of Butembo, one of the epicenters of the second-largest Ebola epidemic in history, said Patrick Kambale, the city’s deputy mayor.

The outbreak is now spreading at its fastest rate since being declared last August, due largely to a spate of attacks by militiamen and others distrustful of the international response.