Two British tourists kidnapped in Democratic Republic of Congo

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Two British tourists have been released in eastern Congo two days after being kidnapped, according to announcements on Sunday by Virunga National Park and the British foreign secretary.

The tourists, a man and a woman, are believed to have been ambushed by an unidentified group of armed men on Friday morning in Goma, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, while they were exploring Virunga National Park with another person.

Boris Johnson didn't give any further details, but paid tribute to the authorities from the African country and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation "for their tireless help during this bad case".

Two Britons held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released unharmed.

Fighting in the DRC's North Kivu province, located near the DRC's border with Rwanda and Uganda, has also left hundreds of people displaced from their homes and spilled into the park.

The two British tourists were kidnapped last week at a national park which is well known for its rare mountain gorillas in the central African country.

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The park released a statement saying Ms Baraka was trying to protect two passengers and the driver of the vehicle when it was attacked by armed assailants.

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

A female park ranger was killed in the attack, local media reported. "Shortly afterwards, she sadly died of her injuries".

The park has seen rising violence in recent months as armed groups stage raids to steal resources, particularly charcoal.

Together they have made the park the most unsafe in the world for rangers and conservationists to work in, with some 170 wildlife rangers killed there in the past 20 years, including five who were murdered along with their driver after an ambush last month.

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