There are conflicting reports over the fate of 17 suspected Ebola patients who vanished after a quarantine center in the Liberian capital was looted.

An angry mob attacked the center in Monrovia’s densely populated West Point township on Saturday evening.

A senior health official said all of the patients had been moved to another medical facility. But a reporter told the BBC that 17 had escaped while 10 others were taken away by their families.

More than 400 people are known to have died from the virus in Liberia, out of a total of 1,145 deaths recorded by the World Health Organization.