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Congo places suspension parks visitation after two Britons kidnapping

By NewsDesk,

The Democratic Republic of Congo has declared that it might have to restrict tourists from entering Virunga National Park, the action of which was reach after investigations launched into kidnapping of two Britons over the weekend.

As gathered, gunmen ambushed Robert Jesty, Bethan Davies and their driver in Congo’s volatile eastern borderlands last week and released them three days later.

It was reported that one of park ranger, Rachel Makissa Baraka, 25, was killed while trying to defend them and that the suspension of tourism was being undertaken as an additional precautionary measure whilst an investigation is undertaken surrounding the recent events

The country, through a statement on Tuesday, said that the suspension would remain in place until June 4.

Eastern Congo has seen successive waves of violence over the past quarter century and was at the epicentre of two wars between 1996 and 2003 that killed millions, mainly through hunger and disease.

Rebel groups and militias still control large swathes of the territory.

No fewer than 175 rangers have died protecting the park, which is in the rugged mountains and volcanic plains adjacent to Rwanda and Uganda.

Since tourism was relaunched in 2014, Virunga National Park – Africa’s oldest national park – has received more than 17,000 visitors, keen to see its rare mountain gorillas or climb the active Nyiragongo volcano.

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