Two Brits kidnapped in Congo are released unharmed, Foreign Office confirms

“I pay tribute to the DRC authorities and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation for their tireless help during this terrible case,” Mr Johnson said in a statement. 

He added that his thoughts were with Ms Baraka’s family and the driver who was injured in the incident.

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Search party: Park rangers pictured at Virunga National Park where the kidnapping took place (AFP/Getty Images)

Two Brits kidnapped and held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released unharmed, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

The hostages were taken on Friday while visiting a gorilla sanctuary in the Virunga National Park.

A park ranger, named as Rachel Masika Baraka, was killed during the kidnapping, which took place just north of Goma.

On Sunday Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson confirmed they had been released and the park said the pair were receiving “support and medical attention”.

“I pay tribute to the DRC authorities and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation for their tireless help during this terrible case,” Mr Johnson said in a statement.

He added that his thoughts were with Ms Baraka’s family and the driver who was injured in the incident.

The director of Virunga National Park, Emmanuel de Merode, said: “Ranger Baraka’s life was tragically cut short in service to Virunga National Park.

“She was one of the Park’s 26 female rangers and was highly committed, showing true bravery in her work.

“We wish to extend our sincerest condolences to her family, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this incident.”

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