CORRECTED-Guinean security forces break up riot in Ebola-racked south

Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:13pm GMT
 

(Corrects third paragraph to show was unclear who fired the guns; removes reference to pistols in second paragraph)

* Rumour sparks riot in Guinea's second city

* Flare-up in Ebola cases reported in southern border region

CONAKRY, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Riots broke out in Guinea's second-largest city Nzerekore over rumours that health workers had infected people with the deadly Ebola virus, a Red Cross official and residents said on Friday.

A crowd of young men, some armed with clubs and knives, set up barricades across the southern city on Thursday and threatened to attack the hospital before security forces moved in to restore order.

Gunshots were fired and several people were injured, said Youssouf Traore, president of the Guinean Red Cross.

"A rumour, which was totally false, spread that we had sprayed the market in order to transmit the virus to locals," Traore said. "People revolted and resorted to violence, prompting soldiers to intervene."

Local Red Cross workers had to flee to the military camp with their medical equipment.

Another resident said the security forces were preventing people leaving their neighbourhoods overnight.   Continued...

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