Conakry - Seven people who were part of a team sent to educate villagers in south-eastern Guinea about Ebola have been found dead after they were attacked by angry locals, the government said on Thursday.
The bodies were recovered from the septic tank of a primary school in the village of Wome, government spokesperson Albert Damantang Camara told AFP, adding that the victims were "killed in cold blood by the villagers".
BBC quoted Guinea's government as saying the bodies included those of three journalists and three doctors.
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"Three doctors and three journalists disappeared after being pelted with stones by residents when they arrived in the village of Wome - near where the Ebola outbreak was first recorded," the report said.
An Al-Jazeera report said on Thursday that three of the bodies had their throats slit.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the violence, but the spread of Ebola has been accompanied by mistrust and paranoia by villagers who feel the government and international community cannot be trusted.
The gruesome discovery came as the World Health Organisation (WHO) said more than 700 more Ebola cases had emerged in West Africa in the past week, the report said.