Britons kidnapped in Congo released, says Boris Johnson

Attacked The convoy the Brits were travelling in through Virunga National Park reportedly came under attack around 10am local time

They were taken while visiting the Virunga National Park, a renowned gorilla sanctuary in the east of the African country.

Unidentified armed men ambushed the group near the village of Kibati just north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, according to Mambo Kawaya, the head of a group of local civil society organisations.

Two British male tourists who were kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Friday have been set free, Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson confirmed Sunday.

A number of kidnappings have taken place in the park in the past six weeks.

Female park ranger Rachel Makissa Baraka, who was travelling with the pair, was killed and their driver injured when they were seized.

The 25-year-old ranger is the eighth to be murdered at the park this year.

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

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

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". A wildlife park guard was killed in the ambush, while the tourist's driver was also kidnapped. It covers 3,000 square miles on the country's border with Uganda and Rwanda.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman told AFP that the two Britons were not hurt and the ministry would continue to provide support to them and their families.

The park is home to around a quarter of the world's critically endangered mountain gorillas and other endangered species, as well as lions, elephants, hippos and rare birds.

Earlier in May, British NGO Global Witness published documents it said showed the Congolese government's plan to "declassify" over 20 percent of the area of the park to explore for oil.

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