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Weekly round-up of the continent’s major stories

Libya: US ambassador killed in Benghazi
Christopher Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya, was one of four American nationals killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. Unidentified armed men stormed the grounds with guns and home-made bombs during the night  amid uproar over a controversial film produced in the United States which was said to insult the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. “The American ambassador and three staff members were killed when gunmen fired rockets in their direction,” a Libyan official is reported to have said to media.

US president Barack Obama condemned the attack, saying: “Make no mistake – justice will be done.”

Libyan authorities say they have made arrests in relation to the attack.

DR Congo: Ebola virus spreads
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that an outbreak of the Ebola virus which has now killed 31 people could threaten major towns. Eugene Kabambi, a spokesperson for WHO, told the Reuters news agency that the ebola outbreak  was “very serious” and “not under control”.

Ebola is extremely contagious and has a 90% death rate for those infected. So far health workers are not linking the outbreak with a similar case in Uganda which claimed 16 lives last month.

Somalia: President escapes bombing unharmed
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somalia’s newly elected president, has escaped unharmed after suicide bombers attacked a hotel in Mogadishu where he was attending a news conference.

According to reports, two suicide bombers had detonated their bombs at the gate of the hotel, killing at least five people. Militants from the Islamist al-Shabaab  group claimed they were responsible for the attack.

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