Officials said the gunman killed at least six rangers in Virunga National Park, the most recent attack on the area, which was home to the last gorillas in the world
KINSHASA, Congo-Officials said on Sunday that gunmen killed at least six rangers in Virunga National Park, the most recent attack in eastern Congo, an area home to the last gorillas in the world.
Olivier Mukisaya, spokesperson for the Congolese Nature Conservation Association, said violent clashes took place in Nyamitwitwi in the Rutshuru area of the park on Sunday.
“We confirmed that a group of armed men attacked our position,”
Although past attacks on Virunga Park rangers have been blamed on several armed groups vying for control of the natural resources in eastern Congo, they did not immediately demand responsibility. Among these rebel groups is the Democratic Forces of Rwanda, known by the French acronym FDLR, a Hutu group that opposes the government of neighboring Rwanda, and one of the last factions of the Rwandan rebels active in the Congo.
In April 2020, an ambush near the Virunga National Park killed 12 rangers and 5 civilians, and wounded several others.
Officials say that since Virunga became a national park in 1925, more than 200 rangers have been killed.