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British tourists abducted in Congolese Wildlife Park

British tourists abducted in Congolese Wildlife Park

But it is located in DR Congo's North Kivu province, where armed groups are fighting for control of territorial and natural resources, and where poaching is a major threat.

Congolese soldiers and park rangers are searching for two British tourists kidnapped in the country's volatile eastern borderlands, an army spokesman said.

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

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

The Foreign Office said it was in close contact with the authorities in the DRC and was supporting the families.

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

In 2014, Netflix released Virunga, a documentary on the Virunga park rangers who are tasked with protecting the critically endangered mountain gorilla.

He said the park is protected by around 800 rangers but there are also estimated to be between 1,500 and 2,000 militia in and around the park.

It was the deadliest attack in recent years and took the total number of rangers killed to 175.

A park guard said the driver was injured in the ambush about 6 miles north of Goma.

In an interview with National Geographic past year, Virunga National Park Director Emmanuel de Merode said three main groups are responsible for the violence in the park. The other location is the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.

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

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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