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DR Congo arrested 11 people for killing a doctor fighting Ebola

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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said they had arrested 11 suspects on Thursday in a doctor's killing with the World Health Organization (WHO), which fought the country's Ebola outbreak.

A military court judge in the eastern province of North Kivu, Colonel Kumbu Ngoma, said three of the suspects were thought to have shot dead Cameron Doctor Richard Valery Musko Kibung on April 19, and four more are believed to be accomplices.

"We hope that with these multiple arrests, the security forces will be able to identify and deliver justice for all those involved in this violence against medical personnel," the DR Congo Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Musko was killed in a hospital attack in the eastern city of Butembo. The WHO said it was deployed as part of a medical team that helped reduce the Ebola outbreak that began last August in North Kivu.

The outbreak is the second-fastest on record after the epidemic that struck West Africa in 2014-2016, which killed more than 11,300 people. The health ministry announced on Wednesday that it had 885 deaths in the DR Congo of the latest epidemic.

But efforts to recover highly infectious haemorrhagic fever are hampered not only by fighting, but by resistance within communities for preventive measures, care facilities and safe burial.

On Wednesday, dozens of local doctors and nurses protested against the physical risks they face in Butembo, urging authorities to provide sufficient security by early May or launch a strike.

On March 9, an attack on a treatment center in Butembo left the policeman dead, and a health worker was wounded. It was the third attack on that center.

On February 24, treatment center in Katwa was treated.

The attacks prompted the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to suspend operations in this area.

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