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British tourists kidnapped in DRC

British tourists kidnapped in DRC”

The park ranger who died while protecting British tourists from kidnappers in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been named as Rachel Masika Baraka.

The female park ranger was killed trying to protect the two British tourists after gunmen ambushed their vehicle in the national park.

The 2 tourists were kidnapped while visiting the Virunga National Park where mountain gorillas are a tourist attraction.

The Foreign Office said it is in close contact with the DRC authorities. I have not yet gotten the details but I can confirm that they have been released, " said Mbongo.

Boris Johnson didn't offer any further details in the statement released Sunday, but paid tribute to the authorities from the African country and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation "for their tireless help during this awful case".

On Friday a Congolese park guard was killed in an attack before two British tourists - Robert Jesty and Bethan Davies - and their Congolese driver were kidnapped.

Baraka was rushed to hospital following the attack, but died from injuries shortly afterwards.

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

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.

Virunga is a UNESCO world heritage site covering 3,000 square miles on the country's border with Uganda and Rwanda.



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