(KINSHASA, Congo) – A wildlife park keeper was killed and two British tourists and their driver were abducted in Virunga National Park in Congo, a park spokesman said Friday.
Their vehicle was ambushed when the tourists arrived from Kibumba In the city of Goma, Joel Wengamulay, spokesman for the Congolese Nature Conservation Institute, told UN-supported Radio Okapi.
Investigations on the attack have begun, Wengamulay said.
Eastern Congo hosts several armed groups competing for mineral-rich land.
"We are in close contact with the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo following an incident involving two British nationals, and our employees support their families." Commonwealth Office said in a statement.
A park attendant told the Associated Press that the driver was ambushed about 1
Virunga is home to about a quarter of the world's remaining mountain gorillas, and the work of protecting them has proved dangerous.
On April 9, six park employees were killed in the deadliest known ambush of this type in Virunga. Park officials accused May-May militiamen
This attack brought the number of rangers killed at work to 175, as the sprawling park in the far east of the Congo was founded in 1925, officials said.
Rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces were also charged with attacks and abductions near the park.