*13th May 2018, North Kivu, Eastern DRC*
Earlier today Virunga National Park confirmed the death of Ranger Rachel Masika Baraka in an attack on a Park vehicle on the morning of Friday 11 May. During the incident, two British nationals and a Congolese driver were captured by armed assailants and taken hostage.
We can now confirm the release and safe return of passengers and driver who are currently receiving support and medical attention.
Congolese authorities and senior park staff are working closely with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the repatriation of the British nationals. We ask that the privacy of all those affected by this incident is respected at this sensitive time.
The Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation Director General, Cosma Wilungula said: “We would like to thank our brave team for ensuring the swift resolution of this incident, and the safe return of the two British nationals.”
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 whilst protecting the passengers and driver. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to her family and our sincerest gratitude for her bravery and service to Congo. We’d also like to thank the UK authorities for their support with this issue”
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