Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Hunt for kidnapped Britons in Congo's Virunga reserve marred by murder

Hunt for kidnapped Britons in Congo's Virunga reserve marred by murder

Soldiers and park rangers are taking part in an operation to find two United Kingdom tourists kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Attackers have killed more than 175 people at the park over the past two decades, including five rangers and a driver just last month.

He mentioned that "my ideas are actually with the household of Virunga Park ranger Rachel Makissa Baraka who was killed in the course of the kidnapping, and with the injured driver".

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

Two British tourists are reported to have been taken hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Indian fraudsters ridiculed after being paraded in 'space suits'
According to the police, the victim later found out that the "scientist" was working with the accused, and was being paid ₹20,000. Both father and son have kept their mouth shut on the matter even after the public humiliation by parading the space suits.

"With Virunga National Park being within our zone of action, we have joined the park rangers for search operations for the people taken hostages", Major Guillaume Kaiko Ndjike, the army's spokesman in North Kivu, said on Saturday.

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

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

Covering some 7,800 square kilometers (3,011 miles), the Virunga national park is one of the most important conservation sites in the world.

The British Foreign Office confirmed it was in touch with the Congolese authorities following the incident and said its staff were supporting the tourists' families.

More Ebola cases detected in DR Congo
The move is coming at a time when preparations are into gear for the friendly match between Nigeria's Super Eagles and the DR. Similar measures helped Africa's most populous country contain the virus during the West African epidemic that began in 2013.

Alongside threats from poachers, rangers also have to reckon with armed militia groups fighting for territorial and natural resources in the region.

The park has experienced an increase in violence in recent months.

It is a Unesco world heritage site and home to critically-endangered mountain gorillas, as well as lions, elephants and hippos.

A female wildlife ranger accompanying the pair was killed.

Android P 9.0 Everything you need to know and supported devices
To use the feature, select a time for your phone to enter "Do Not Disturb" mode; the phone's screen will shift into grayscale. Google took a big step to achieve that goal when it officially integrated its virtual helper into Android 7.0 update.

Like this: