Kidnapped UK tourists in DR Congo released

14 May, 2018, 06:03 | Author: Jason Torres
  • A group of park rangers pause in front of a field post in Virunga National Park

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

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.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman told AFP that the two Britons were released unharmed and the ministry would continue to provide support to the Britons and their families.

The pair, whose release was arranged by guards at Virunga National Park, are uninjured and no ransom was paid, ITV News Africa Correspondent John Ray said.

Two Britons kidnapped in a national park in DR Congo have said they are "very grateful" after their release.

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He paid tribute to the DRC authorities and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation for their "tireless help during this bad case".

Earlier on Sunday, the park confirmed Ms Baraka's death "with deep sadness".

"With Virunga National Park being within our zone of action, we have joined the park rangers for search operations for the people taken hostages", Major Guillaume Kaiko Ndjike, the army's spokesman in North Kivu, said on Saturday. "Shortly afterwards, she sadly died of her injuries".

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

"She was one of the Park's 26 female rangers and was highly committed, showing true bravery in her work", said Park Director Emmanuel de Merode.

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