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Two Britons held hostage in Democratic Republic of Congo freed

Two Britons held hostage in Democratic Republic of Congo freed

Congolese soldiers and park rangers have launched an operation to locate two British tourists kidnapped in the country's volatile eastern borderlands, an army spokesman said.

The Britons were released unharmed, while the driver was injured, the British government said.

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.

Their vehicle was attacked on Friday in the Virunga National Park in North Kivu province, a famed haven for gorillas and other endangered species.

A spokesperson for the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN) said: "For the moment the [ICCN] can not communicate much about the incident because the hostages are still in captivity".

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson paid tribute to the DRC authorities and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation "for their tireless help during this bad case".

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

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

The British citizens are receiving "support and medical attention", according to a statement by Virunga National Park.

The pair, who have not been named, were kidnapped in Virunga National Park.

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The park, which is a Unesco world heritage site, is home to critically-endangered mountain gorillas, lions, elephants and hippos.

A bullet riddled signal marks the doorway to Virunga Nationwide Park, occupied by rebels and different armed militias throughout years of battle close to Goma in jap Congo.

A fifth of the park's southern sector was deforested owing to illegal charcoal production, the park said.

On April 9, five rangers and a driver were killed in an ambush in the park. "Attacks could be indiscriminate", the Foreign Office wrote.

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But it's hard to say how they were killed during the fighting", he said. "This is a terrorist attack". Myanmar's patchwork of ethnic groups make up around a third of the population.


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