Ebola Burial Team Attacked in Sierra Leone Amid 3-Day Lockdown

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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A police official says health workers in Sierra Leone have come under attack while trying to bury the bodies of five Ebola victims east of the capital. Sgt. Edward Momoh Brima Lahai said there was a confrontation Saturday between a group of youths and the burial team in the Waterloo district. A witness told state television the burial team initially had to abandon the five bodies in the street and flee. Lahai said the burial was successfully completed after police reinforcements arrived.

Sierra Leone is in the middle of an unprecedented three-day lockdown intended to stop the spread of Ebola. The World Health Organization says the deadly virus has killed more than 560 people in Sierra Leone, the second most affected country after Liberia, and more than 2,600 across West Africa.



— The Associated Press