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Eight Ebola workers killed in Guinea

Published:Friday | September 19, 2014 | 1:55 PM

Officials say Eight members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea.

Some of the bodies - of health workers, local officials and journalists - were found in a septic tank in a village school.

Correspondents say many villagers are suspicious of official attempts to combat the disease.

The team disappeared after being pelted with stones by residents when they arrived in the village of Wome - in southern Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak was first recorded.

A journalist who managed to escape told reporters that she could hear villagers looking for them while she was hiding.

On Thursday night, government spokesman Albert Damantang Camara said the victims had been "killed in cold blood by the villagers".

The motive for the killings has not been confirmed, but the BBC's Makeme Bamba says many villagers accuse the health workers of spreading the disease.

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