Kidnapped Britons released in Democratic Republic of Congo

Kidnapped Britons released in Democratic Republic of Congo

That attack brought the number of rangers killed on the job to 175 since the vast park in far eastern Congo was established in 1925, officials said.

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.

Their vehicle was ambushed north of the city of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, on Friday.

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".

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are in close contact with the authorities in Democratic Republic of the Congo following an incident involving two British nationals, and our staff are providing support to their families".

SOLDIERS have joined a search for two British citizens kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday.

"We want to convey our deepest condolences to her family and our honest gratitude for her courage in the service of Congo".

Eight eco-guards at Virunga Park have died in the line of duty since the beginning of the year, the park management said.

Before taking the tourists, they murdered the park ranger, Rachel Katumwa, 25, who had accompanied them there.

Congolese authorities are working with the Foreign Office to repatriate the British tourists, according to a park statement.

Rising violence in recent months across the province of North Kivu has been linked to broader political instability in DR Congo.

Virunga is dwelling to about one-quarter of the world's remaining mountain gorillas, and the work of defending them has confirmed harmful.

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

The national park, which runs along the border with Uganda and Rwanda, covers 3,000 sq miles (7,800 sq km).