Within hours, he had strapped a bag holding $200,000 in ransom to himself — today worth about $1.3 million — and parachuted off the plane, never to be found.
A special task force from the WHO has been dispatched to the region after latest confirmation from health officials from last week reported dozens have died in the region that has also been struck by devastating floods.
"It is either something they ingested which will point to poisoning, whether its food or drinks, or it is something they inhaled," says official.
Tanzania has identified the mysterious disease as leptospirosis or "rat fever," a bacterial infection commonly spread by the rodents. Other 17 patients have tested negative for Ebola and Marburg, as well as COVID-19.