Guard killed, Brit tourists abducted in Congo park

Marsha Scott
May 13, 2018

Joel Wengamulay, Spokesperson for the park, confirmed the attack on the convoy, but did not comment on the kidnapping.

A female park ranger travelling with the pair was killed, local media reported.

Two British tourists are among three people to have been kidnapped in a national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

One of the most important conservation sites in the world, it covers 7,800 square kilometres (3,011 miles), or three times the size of Luxembourg, along a swathe of eastern DR Congo abutting the border with Uganda and Rwanda.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to DRC capital Goma and has urged Britons not to go beyond the city.

Reports that two Britons have been kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being investigated by the Foreign Office.

The Press Association reported that the two tourists were British citizens.

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Virunga is home to about one-quarter of the world's remaining mountain gorillas.

The ICC also said that the identity of the attackers are not yet known.

Mr Mbiye, a father of five, told The Sunday Telegraph last night: "I was driving from Kibumba, heading to the volcano around 9am with a young British couple and a ranger when four heavily armed guys jumped on the road and started shooting in our direction".

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 japanese Congo.

Wildlife authorities have tried to protect it but 170 rangers have been killed over the last 20 years, he added.

It said that United Kingdom government staff are not always in the area and the British embassy's ability to offer consular assistance may be "severely limited".

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