Hostage hell Brits kidnapped by gunmen in Congo are RELEASED by gang who murdered female ranger

The pair were snatched with their driver by armed men who also shot dead a female park ranger in Virunga National Park.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson today said: “I am delighted to announce that two British nationals who were held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released.

"I pay tribute to the DRC authorities and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation for their tireless help during this terrible case.

"My thoughts are now with the family of Virunga Park ranger Rachel Makissa Baraka who was killed during the kidnapping, and with the injured driver and the released British nationals as they recover from this traumatic incident.”

It was reported yesterday by ITV Africa Correspondent, John Ray, a £150,000 demand was made by local bandits.

Virunga National Park is located in the Congo's unstable North Kivu province.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website advises against all travel to the province, saying "there has been a series of kidnappings in North Kivu in the area around Goma in addition to military operations against armed groups."

Last month five young rangers and a driver were killed in a militia ambush, the park said.

Virunga is a Unesco world heritage site, covering 3,000 square miles on the Democratic Republic of Congo's border with Uganda and Rwanda.


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