Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Congo army, park rangers search for kidnapped Britons

Congo army, park rangers search for kidnapped Britons

Two British men held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released unharmed, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has announced.

Two British tourists who were kidnapped on Friday in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released, according to local and British officials.

A statement by Virunga National Park said, they are receiving "support and medical attention".

Boris Johnson did not supply any additional particulars within the assertion launched Sunday, however paid tribute to the authorities from the African nation and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation "for his or her tireless assist throughout this disgusting case".

A female park ranger, Rachel Makissa Baraka, was killed in the attack.

A park ranger killed by the kidnappers has been named as Rachel Masika Baraka.

The 25-year-old ranger is the eighth to be murdered at the park this year.

Fire-breathing Disney dragon bursts into flames during parade
Photos and videos taken by park visitors show the contraption's upper portion bobbing up and down, engulfed in flames. According to " Disney Dan", the fire was extinguished quickly and cast members confirmed that "everyone is fine".

The tourists and their driver were abducted in Virunga National Park in DRC. On April 9, five rangers and a driver were killed in an ambush in the park.

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

Soldiers at an Army base a few hundred yards from where the latest kidnapping took place were criticised for their slow response.

Fellow park rangers said she was "a devoted conservationist who died in the line of duty".

British ambassador to the DRC, John Murton, tweeted his thanks to the country's authorities for helping free the two people.

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

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