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75-year-old missionary "stable" after being shot in DR Congo

Maud Kells, from Cookstown, was attacked by raiders at her rainforest home. She was shot twice, and wounded in her shoulder.

A WOMAN FROM Co Tyrone is now said to be stable in hospital, after being shot at her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Maud Kells, from Cookstown, was attacked by raiders at her rainforest home on Sunday. She was shot twice and wounded in her shoulder.

According to mission agency WEC International, which she works with, she has been flown to hospital for treatment “where she is reported to be stable, speaking and recognises people”.

The Tyrone woman has served in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1968, the agency said.

According to a statement:

“Working initially as a missionary nurse, Maud has been involved in the training of Congolese nurses in 5 hospitals and 30 health centres.

She has seen a number of armed uprisings. In 2004, returning to DRC after evacuation she helped rebuild battle-scarred buildings.

She received an OBE in the New Year Honours List.

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