British tourists kidnapped in DR Congo released after two days

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

The park's director said the tourists' vehicle was ambushed by gunmen, who killed a ranger and seized the driver.

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

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

The UK's top diplomat Boris Johnson declined to offer any further details, but paid tribute to the Congolese authorities "for their tireless help during this awful case".

Mr Johnson said his thoughts were with Ms Baraka's family, the injured driver, "and the released British nationals as they recover from this traumatic incident".

Two Britons held hostage in Democratic Republic of Congo have been released, Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday.

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We wish to extend our deepest condolences to her family and our sincerest gratitude for her bravery and service to Congo. It covers 3,000 square miles on the country's border with Uganda and Rwanda.

The Virunga National Park is home to between a quarter and a third of the world's highly endangered Mountain Gorilla, but it is also the hideout of a dozen militias and rebel outfits from three different countries, remnants of DRC's civil war, as well as bands of poachers and criminal gangs.

Virunga is a UNESCO world heritage site.

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

Together they have made the park the most risky 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.

On April 2, a park ranger died in an attack by armed men while guarding the site of a hydroelectric plant that is under construction.

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