Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Two British hostages in Congo released

Two British hostages in Congo released

Ms Davies and Mr Jesty said in a statement released by the Foreign Office: "We are very relieved that there has been a positive outcome to the kidnapping and are very grateful for the excellent support we have received".

Park director Emmanuel de Merode said: "Ranger Baraka's life was tragically cut short in service to Virunga National Park".

Their vehicle was attacked on Friday in the Virunga national park, a famed haven for gorillas and other endangered species.

Two Britons and their Congolese driver held hostage in Democratic Republic of Congo have been released, Virunga National Park said on Sunday.

"I pay tribute to the help of the DRC authorities and Congolese Insitute of Nature Conservation", he added.

The park has seen rising violence in recent months - eight rangers have been killed since the start of 2018 - as armed groups attempt to steal resources like charcoal.

Cosma Wilungula, director general of the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation, said: "We would like to thank our courageous team for ensuring the swift resolution of this incident, and the safe return of the two British nationals".

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

She was transferred to a nearby hospital to receive emergency medical treatment, but died shortly afterwards of her injuries, the park said.

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

Virunga is dwelling to about one-quarter of the world's remaining mountain gorillas, and the work of defending them has confirmed harmful.

The Foreign Office now - and before the kidnapping - advises against travelling to the area.

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

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