A group of highway robbers in Guinea may have got more than they bargained for.
They escaped with blood samples thought to be infected with Ebola.
Authorities have appealed on national radio for the bandits to hand over the samples which were stolen from a taxi on its way to a test site.
The samples were in the care of a Red Cross courier when they were taken.
Faya Etienne Tolno, a spokesman for the red cross, said: ‘We don’t understand why they stole the blood sample. Perhaps they thought there was cash hidden in the flask.
Dr Barry Moumie, head of patient care for the national Ebola response co-ordination committee said: ‘We have informed the security services. If these thieves handle this blood, it will be dangerous.’
He added that transportation of ebola infected blood would be tightened.