Northern Ireland

NI missionary Maud Kells shot in Democratic Republic of Congo

A missionary from County Tyrone, who received an OBE in the New Year Honours List, has been shot and wounded in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Maud Kells, who is 75 and from Cookstown, was shot twice in the shoulder by bandits at her home in Mulita in the north east of the DRC.

She is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Ms Kells has served in the African country since 1968, working initially as a missionary nurse.

She has been involved in the training of Congolese nurses in five hospitals and 30 health centres.

Ms Kells also engages in bible school teaching, supervision of construction projects and speaking at church services.

Trained as a nurse in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital, she currently serves with the WEC International mission agency.

She spends half of the year in the Congo and the other half at home in Cookstown.

Ulster Unionist assembly member for Mid-Ulster, Sandra Overend, said she was shocked to hear of the shooting.

"Having spoken to her sister tonight, I understand that Maud's condition is now stable. Our thoughts and prayers are with Maud as she recovers," she said.

"Those that know Maud will hope that her usual determination will provide her with strength to recover from this terrible incident."

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