British tourists abducted in Congolese Wildlife Park

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Johnson added: "My thoughts are now with the family of Virunga park ranger Rachel Makissa Baraka, who was killed during the kidnapping, and with the injured driver and the released British nationals as they recover from this traumatic incident".

It also said it was in close contact with the DRC authorities.

A female park ranger was killed in the attack, local media reported. "Three people were kidnapped, including two tourists", park director Emmanuel de Merode said.

The BBC's Louise Dewast, reporting from the country's capital Kinshasa, said the situation was "very serious".

Kidnapping and killings of both foreigners and game park workers are common in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Virunga is a Unesco world heritage site, covering 3,000 square miles on the Democratic Republic of Congo's border with Uganda and Rwanda. There are more species of mammals, birds and reptiles in the park than anywhere else on Earth, and almost a third of the world's 1,000-odd mountain gorillas.

Park rangers at the Virunga National Park.

It was the deadliest attack in recent years and took the total number of rangers killed to 175.

Mr Mbiye, a father of five, told The Sunday Telegraph last night: "I was driving from Kibumba, heading to the volcano around 9am with a young British couple and a ranger when four heavily armed guys jumped on the road and started shooting in our direction". He was guarding the site of a hydroelectric plant that is under construction.

In an interview with National Geographic previous year, Virunga National Park Director Emmanuel de Merode said three main groups are responsible for the violence in the park.

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