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'Kidnapped UK tourists in DR Congo released'

AFP  |  London 

Two British tourists who were kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of have been freed, Johnson said today.

"I am delighted to announce that two British nationals who were held hostage in the Democratic Republic of have been released," he said in a statement.

"I pay tribute to the DRC authorities and the for Nature Conservation for their tireless help during this terrible case." Authorities in DR said the three were kidnapped in the Virunga national park on Friday.

One of the most important conservation sites in the world, it covers 7,800 square kilometres along a swathe of eastern DR Congo abutting the border with and

Virunga is home to about a quarter of the world's population of critically-endangered mountain gorillas, as well as to eastern lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, okapis, lions, elephants and hippos.

But it is located in DR Congo's province, where armed groups are fighting for control of territorial and natural resources, and poaching is a major threat.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 20:35 IST
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