Attackers kill 3 South Korean doctors in Nigeria

Updated 10 February 2013
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Attackers kill 3 South Korean doctors in Nigeria

POTISKUM, Nigeria: Officials say attackers in northeastern Nigeria have killed three South Korean doctors, beheading one in the assault.
The attack happened Saturday night in Potiskum, a town in Yobe state. Officials told an Associated Press journalist that the doctors worked at the General Hospital in Potiskum.
The AP journalist saw the dead in the hospital morgue. One had been beheaded in the attack.
The three routinely traveled alone and without security guards in the city, which has been a repeated target of a radical sect known as Boko Haram. A Nigerian police official confirmed the attack took place, but declined to immediately comment further.

 


Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

Updated 16 min 24 sec ago
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Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

  • The have so far been 27 deaths in this latest outbreak of the killer disease
  • There are plans to distribute a vaccine which is due to have started Monday

KINSHASA, Congo: Congo’s health minister says a nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the outbreak began, as the country begins a vaccination campaign.
Health Minister Oly Ilunga said late Sunday that the nurse’s death brings the death toll to 27. There are now 49 hemorrhagic fever cases: 22 confirmed as Ebola, 21 probable and 6 suspected.
Ilunga said two patients have recovered from Ebola, returning home.
Congo’s health delegation, including the health minister, and representatives of the World Health Organization and United Nations have arrived in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of more than 1 million where Ebola has spread, to launch the vaccination campaign Monday. The ministry said it will take five days to target health care workers and 100 registered contacts in the city.