British tourists kidnapped in Congo are released

14 May, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Edward Snyder
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Two British tourists have been released in eastern Congo two days after being kidnapped, according to announcements on Sunday by Virunga National Park and the British foreign secretary.

That attack brought the number of rangers killed on the job to 175 since the vast park in far eastern Congo was established in 1925, officials said.

Soldiers have been deployed and park rangers launched an operation to find the two tourists who were ambushed by armed men at the Virunga National Park.

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

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

Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty were among three people abducted by unidentified armed men while visiting Virunga National Park, a renowned gorilla sanctuary in the east of the country.

Eight eco-guards at Virunga Park have died in the line of duty since the beginning of the year, the park management said. She was one of the Park's 26 female rangers and was highly committed, showing true bravery in her work.




The Foreign Office had been in contact with local authorities since the event took place.

Tourism in the area have been severely affected in recent years by the rising violence caused by presence of militant groups and criminal gangs, who continue to fund a long-running war by pillaging the park's resources.

Before taking the tourists, they murdered the park ranger, Rachel Katumwa, 25, who had accompanied them there.

It spans (3,000 square miles 7,800 kilometres) along the border with Uganda and Rwanda.

Last month, five young rangers and a driver in the park were killed in an ambush.

It is home to to around a quarter of the world's critically endangered mountain gorillas and other endangered species as well as lions, elephants, hippos and a host of rare bird species.

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