British tourists kidnapped by gang in Congo have been RELEASED

British tourists kidnapped by gang in Congo have been RELEASED

British tourists kidnapped by gang in Congo have been RELEASED

Unidentified armed men ambushed the group on Friday morning north of Goma, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, inside Virunga National Park.

Ranger Rachel Masika Baraka, aged 25, was killed during the kidnapping and a male member of staff from the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (CINC) was injured.

They were kidnapped while visiting the Virunga National Park, a renowned gorilla sanctuary in the east of the African country, on Friday.

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 awful case".

"I am delighted to announce that two British nationals who were held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released", UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement.

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A statement by Virunga National Park said, they are receiving "support and medical attention". She was one of the Park's 26 female rangers and was highly committed, showing true bravery in her work.

Although a number of Congolese nationals have been abducted in the park in recent years, it is the first time in almost 20 years that an attempt has been made to seize Western tourists, reports quoted local DRC officials as saying.

It was the deadliest attack in recent years and took the total number of rangers killed to 175. It covers 3,000 square miles on the country's border with Uganda and Rwanda.

Established in 1925, Virunga is home to about a quarter of the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, as well as to eastern lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, okapis, lions, elephants and hippos.

Tourism in the area have been severely affected in recent years by the rising violence caused by presence of militant groups and criminal gangs, who continue to fund a long-running war by pillaging the park's resources. A wildlife park guard was killed in the ambush, while the tourist's driver was also kidnapped.

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