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Armed thugs murder doctor in Congo hospital amid Ebola outbreak


A doctor (not pictured) helping to fight an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was fatally shot in a hospital on Friday. (Al-hadji Kudra Maliro/AP)

African militiamen brandishing guns stormed a Democratic Republic of the Congo hospital before fatally shooting a doctor Friday amid a severe Ebola outbreak.

The unidentified physician was murdered in the city of Butembo, claimed the World Health Organization.

The attack is the latest in a series of assaults on medical teams fighting the outbreak that has claimed 843 lives, reported New Straits Times.

“The WHO family lost a dear colleague in the hospital attack in Butembo, DRC, today,” tweeted World Health Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “My colleagues and I are grieving over the loss of this courageous colleague who was saving lives to end Ebola. We are outraged by the attack.”

Patrick Kambale Tsiko, the deputy mayor of Butembo, said the slain doctor was from Cameroon. He pointed blame at a militia group for the attack, claiming it falsely believed that foreigners were the cause of the Congo crisis.

The suspects remain on the loose as of Friday evening.

Dozens of rebel groups keep an active presence in eastern Congo, reported ABC News. There also has been some resistance to Ebola containment efforts in the region that has never encountered a previous outbreak of the virus.

This Ebola outbreak is the second-deadliest on record, only trailing the devastating 2014-16 outbreak that claimed more than 11,300 lives.

The disease is capable of spreading rapidly and can be fatal in up to 90% of cases. Hemorrhagic fever is most often spread by close contact with the bodily fluids of people exhibiting symptoms or with objects such as bed sheets that have been contaminated.