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Ebola screening suspended in South Sudan after gunmen kill 3 aid workers



The ongoing screening service for Ebola in South Sudan has been suspended following the killing of three aid workers in the country.

The development was announced on Wednesday by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which said three of its aid workers were killed during clashes between rival groups in the country’s central Equatorial region.

According to IOM South Sudan Chief of Mission, Jean-Philippe Chauzy, the organisation had suspended screening for Ebola at five border points between South Sudan, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, where an ongoing outbreak of the disease has killed thousands.

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‎”We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleagues and we extend our heartfelt condolences to their families and friends,” Chauzy said in a statement issued in Juba.

The IOM also added that a female volunteer and a four-year-old son of the murdered female aid worker were abducted during the attack.

“Their whereabouts remain unknown,” IOM said.

“We call for the perpetrators of these senseless acts of violence against innocent civilians and humanitarians to be brought to justice.”

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