Ranger killed, British tourists kidnapped in DRC national park

Blanche Robertson
May 14, 2018

"With Virunga National Park being within our zone of action, we have joined the park rangers for search operations for the people taken hostages", Major Guillaume Kaiko Ndjike, the army's spokesman in North Kivu, said on Saturday.

Their park guard was killed and their driver was also kidnapped.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Sunday announced that the two Britons held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released unharmed.

Boris Johnson did not supply any additional particulars within the assertion launched Sunday, however paid tribute to the authorities from the African nation and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation "for his or her tireless assist throughout this frightful case".

A Foreign Office spokeswoman told AFP that the two Britons were not hurt and the ministry would continue to provide support to them and their families.

"Ranger Baraka was critically injured whilst protecting two passengers and the driver of the vehicle they were travelling in, when it was attacked by armed assailants", a statement from Virunga National Park said.

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"We wish to extend our sincerest condolences to her family, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this incident".

Virunga is a UNESCO world heritage site covering 3,000 square miles on the country's border with Uganda and Rwanda. It also covers most of Lake Edward and the Ishasha river valley.

Park director Emmanuel de Merode said: "Ranger Baraka's life was tragically cut short in service to Virunga National Park".

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

One park ranger was killed during the incident in Africa's oldest national park and three other people, including the British citizens, were abducted.

It said that United Kingdom government staff were not always in the area and the British embassy's ability to offer consular assistance could be "severely limited".

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