Two British tourists kidnapped in Democratic Republic of Congo

14 May, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Two British tourists kidnapped in Democratic Republic of Congo

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are in close contact with the authorities in Democratic Republic of the Congo following an incident involving two British nationals, and our staff are providing support to their families".

On April 9, five rangers and a driver were killed in an ambush in the park.

Mr Johnson paid tribute to the DRC authorities and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation for their "tireless help".

Two British tourists who were kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been freed, the United Kingdom government and Congolese park officials said Sunday.

The two British nationals, whose identities have yet to be made been made pubic, were abducted on Friday at the Virunga National Park, a popular gorilla sanctuary.

Fighting in the DRC's North Kivu province, located near the DRC's border with Rwanda and Uganda, has also left hundreds of people displaced from their homes and spilled into the park.

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The park released a statement saying Ms Baraka was trying to protect two passengers and the driver of the vehicle when it was attacked by armed assailants.

We wish to extend our deepest condolences to her family and our sincerest gratitude for her bravery and service to Congo.

Virunga national park's 3,000 square miles contain active volcanoes, snow-capped mountains, forests and savannahs.

Before taking the tourists, they murdered the park ranger, Rachel Katumwa, 25, who had accompanied them there.

The park, a Unesco world heritage site and one of the most important conservation areas in the world, has experienced waves of violence and crime linked to local unrest. A wildlife park guard was killed in the ambush, while the tourist's driver was also kidnapped. Virunga Park is home to about one-quarter of the world's remaining mountain gorillas, and the work of protecting them has proven risky.

And in a separate incident a park ranger guarding a hydroelectric plant died in an attack by armed men.

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