Ebola fears nix Sierra Leone troop trip to SomaliaAugust 1, 2014 @ 5:28 am
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A military spokesman for the African Union mission in Somalia says the AU has canceled a planned troop rotation by Sierra Leonean forces because of the Ebola outbreak.
Col. Ali Aden Houmed told The Associated Press late Thursday that the Union decided to halt the deployment of a new battalion in an effort to prevent the disease from crossing into Somalia.
The West African nation is currently facing the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history. More than 700 people have died. Sierra Leone is one of five nations that sends large numbers of troops to Somalia to protect the government and fight al-Shabab militants.
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
New teacher confronted the teen who opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School
Week In Photos
Great heights and breathtaking images from around the world this week
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.