Two British hostages in Congo released - Johnson

Kidnapping Two British citizens have been kidnapped while visiting the Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

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.

It was the deadliest attack in recent years and took the total number of rangers killed to 175.

The men were gorilla trekking at Virunga National Park on the eastern border when their convoy was ambushed by armed militants.

A spokesperson for the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN) said: "For the moment the [ICCN] can not communicate much about the incident because the hostages are still in captivity".

Two British tourists who were kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been freed, the United Kingdom government and Congolese park officials said Sunday.

The pair were taken in the Virunga National Park, a renowned gorilla sanctuary in the east of the African country.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to DRC capital Goma and has urged Britons not to go beyond the city.

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

But it is located in DR Congo's North Kivu province, where armed groups are fighting for control of territorial and natural resources, and where poaching is a major threat.

Virunga Park director, Emmanuel de Merode, said: "We are deeply saddened by the death of Virunga National Park Ranger Baraka, whose life was tragically cut short while protecting the passengers and driver".

It is a Unesco world heritage site but not an Eden.

Last month, five young rangers and a driver in the park were killed in an ambush.

A 25-year-old park ranger travelling with Ms Davies and Mr Jesty was killed and their driver was also taken captive, a park spokesman said.

And in a separate incident a park ranger guarding a hydroelectric plant died in an attack by armed men.

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