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Two British hostages held in DRC are released

Two British tourists and their Congolese driver have been released after being kidnapped in Democratic Republic of Congo. David Doyle reports.

VIRUNGA PARK AND BUNIA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (Reuters) – Two British tourists and their Congolese driver held hostage in Democratic Republic of Congo have been released.

That’s according to Virunga National Park, where Robert Jesty and Bethan Davies were abducted along with their driver on Friday (May 11).

Park ranger Rachel Makissa Baraka was critically injured when armed assailants attacked a vehicle the four were traveling in. She later died in hospital.

In a statement released by Britain’s Foreign Office the two freed hostages said they were grateful for the support they had received.

Eastern Congo has been the scene of waves of violence over the past two and a half decades and rebel groups and militias still control vast swathes of the territory.

More than 175 rangers have died protecting this park.


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