Kidnapped Britons released in Democratic Republic of Congo

Larry Hoffman
May 14, 2018

The men were gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park on the eastern border when their convoy was ambushed by armed militants.

It was the deadliest attack in recent years and took the total number of rangers killed in the park to 175.

The Britons were reported to have been taken while visiting the Virunga national park, a renowned gorilla sanctuary in the east of the country.

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 terrible case".

Wildlife authorities have tried to protect it but 170 rangers have been killed over the last 20 years, he added.

Soldiers and park rangers are taking part in an operation to find two United Kingdom tourists kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Two British nationals kidnapped in Congo have been released, the UK Foreign Office has said.

A statement by Virunga National Park said, they are receiving "support and medical attention".

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

Following Friday's kidnapping, the British Foreign Office "advised against all but essential travel" to the DRC province where Virunga park is located.

The park has experienced an increase in violence in recent months with armed groups staging a series of raids to steal resources, particularly charcoal.

Together they have made the park the most risky in the world for rangers and conservationists to work in, with some 170 wildlife rangers killed there in the past 20 years, including five who were murdered along with their driver after an ambush last month.

The advice says tourists are vulnerable if travelling without escorted transport in the eastern part of the country, and the "risk of kidnap or injury as a result of armed or criminal activity remains high".

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