National Park in the Congo have kidnapped two British tourists

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Radio Okapi, a local radio station said two British tourists were kidnapped and a female ranger had been killed 10km from Goma, which is a region south of Virunga National Park. One of the park wardens who accompanied the tourists was killed in this ambush, according to Joel Wengamulay, the Communication Director of ICC.

Global Witness, an worldwide NGO, has recently accused the Congolese government of planning to reclassify "swathes" of the park to allow oil exploration to take place.

"For the moment the (ICCN) can not communicate much about the incident because the hostages are still in captivity. That would put their lives in danger".

"We are in close contact with the authorities of the DR Congo after an incident involving two British nationals and our employees provide support to their families", - said the British foreign office.

Virunga National Park, which lies in the eastern area of the country, is Africa's oldest park and its most biologically varied, using a different landscape of busy volcanoes, savannahs, mountains, lakes and woods.


Founded in 1925, it is home to about a quarter of the world's critically endangered mountain gorillas.

Last year, a fifth of the park's southern sector was deforested owing to illegal charcoal production.

Virunga has experienced waves of violence and crime linked to local unrest. One of the park guards who accompanied the tourists was killed in the ambush, said Joel Wengamulay, the park's communications director, according to United Nations radio.

The park reportedly witnessed multiple kidnappings over the past two months, attributed to Mai-Mai militia.

On April 2, a park ranger died in another attack by armed men.

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