British tourists kidnapped in Democratic Republic of Congo are released

Ebola Congo British tourists kidnap

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

TWO British tourists kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been freed by their captors.

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

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.

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The two Brits were abducted along with their driver at the Virunga wildlife sanctuary 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 frightful case".

The park has seen rising violence in recent months - eight rangers have been killed since the start of 2018 - as armed groups attempt to steal resources like charcoal.

A park ranger, Rachel Makissa Baraka, was killed during the kidnapping while trying to stop the kidnappers from grabbing the tourists.

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Congo's last civil war, fought between 1998 and 2004, drew in half a dozen neighbouring countries and claimed millions of lives, mainly through conflict related starvation and disease.

She was transferred to a nearby hospital to receive emergency medical treatment, but died shortly afterwards of her injuries, the park said.

Rebel groups and militias still control large swathes of the territory.

But still the area has attracted a growing number of visitors who seek out its endangered mountain gorillas and the active Nyiragongo volcano.

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