Maud was shot twice in the shoulder but thankfully is currently in a stable condition in hospital in Nyankunde, with bleeding stopped and no broken bones or muscle damage.
Maud has served as a missionary in DRC since 1968 and was awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours list for her services in DRC. Maud now aged 75, spends around half the year serving in the Congo in medical mission and church work, and the other half at home in Cookstown.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Right Rev Dr Michael Barry has issued the following statement:
"I was shocked and saddened to hear the news about Maud Kells and the incident in Congo in which she was shot and wounded.
"Maud is a lifelong member of Molesworth Presbyterian Church in Cookstown and has served abroad with WEC International mission agency for an incredible 46 years. On behalf of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, I extend my best wishes to Maud and will, like many others in the Presbyterian Church, be praying she makes a speedy recovery from this terrible incident."