British tourists kidnapped by gang in Congo have been RELEASED

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Britain's Foreign Office said on Friday it was in contact with the Congolese authorities following an incident involving two British nationals and its staff were providing support to their families.

The pair were taken hostage on Friday during a visit to Virunga National Park, a Unesco-protected gorilla sanctuary in the east of the country.

UK Foreign Office said on Sunday that the two British tourists being held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had been released. I have not yet gotten the details but I can confirm that they have been released, " said Mbongo.

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

Park ranger Rachel Masika Baraka was killed by the kidnappers; a driver was injured and released.

"I pay tribute to the help of the DRC authorities and Congolese Insitute of Nature Conservation", he added. On April 9, five rangers and a driver were killed in an ambush in the park.

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Fellow park rangers said she was "a devoted conservationist who died in the line of duty".

Eastern Congo has been the scene of waves of violence over the past 2-1/2 decades and was at the epicentre of two wars between 1996 and 2003 that killed millions, mainly through hunger and disease.

A bullet riddled signal marks the doorway to Virunga Nationwide Park, occupied by rebels and different armed militias throughout years of battle close to Goma in jap Congo.

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It has nevertheless attracted a growing number of visitors keen to visit its endangered mountain gorillas and the active Nyiragongo volcano.