British tourists kidnapped in Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola Congo British tourists kidnap

Local media say a female wildlife ranger - who was with the pair - was killed.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson confirmed two British nationals were involved in an incident in the park, which is a famed haven for gorillas and other endangered species.

"For the moment the (ICCN) can not communicate much about the incident because the hostages are still in captivity".

Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reported earlier that two British citizens had been kidnapped while visiting the Virunga National Park. "That would put their lives in danger".

The threatened Virunga National Park in DR Congo announced on Thursday it has banned the felling of trees throughout the nature reserve.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, it is home to about a quarter of the world's critically endangered mountain gorillas, as well as eastern lowland Grauer's gorillas, chimpanzees, okapi, elephants and lions.

In Eastern Congo there are many armed groups that compete for mineral-rich land.

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Last year, a fifth of the park's southern sector was deforested owing to illegal charcoal production, the park said.

Virunga has experienced waves of violence and crime linked to local unrest.

A number of kidnappings have taken place in the park in the past six weeks.

The ranger was killed, and the driver and two tourists were among those abducted.

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

On April 2, a park ranger died in an attack by armed men.

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