British nationals kidnapped in DR Congo released unharmed

British nationals kidnapped in DR Congo released unharmed

He said that "my thoughts are now with the family of Virunga Park ranger Rachel Makissa Baraka who was killed during the kidnapping, and with the injured driver".

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.

The pair are thought to have been kidnapped while visiting the Virunga National Park, a gorilla sanctuary in the east of the African country, on Friday.

At 10am on Friday, militiamen ambushed a jeep taking two Britons from a nearby city to the park.

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

Boris Johnson has said two British tourists kidnapped in the Congo have been freed.

UK Foreign Office said on Sunday that the two British tourists being held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had been released.

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We wish to extend our deepest condolences to her family and our sincerest gratitude for her bravery and service to Congo.

Congolese authorities are working with the Foreign Office to repatriate the British tourists, according to a park statement.

"This sad total once again illustrates the risks that park wardens take every day to protect wildlife and the waterside communities".

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.

Together they have made the park the most unsafe 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.

The national park, which runs along the border with Uganda and Rwanda, covers 3,000 sq miles (7,800 sq km).

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