Two Britons kidnapped in Democratic Republic of Congo

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"We are in close contact with the authorities of the DR Congo after an incident involving two British nationals and our employees provide support to their families", - said the British foreign office.

It is believed they were visiting the world-famous gorilla sanctuary the Virunga National Park when they were taken on a route after a ranger was killed in the park today. One of the park wardens who accompanied the tourists was killed in this ambush, according to Joel Wengamulay, the Communication Director of ICC.

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.

Virunga national park runs along the border with Uganda and Rwanda, and is a Unesco world heritage site. But more details about this incident will be given.

The park has seen rising violence in recent months, with armed gangs using weapons to steal resources, in particular charcoal.

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

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

The park, its rangers and the gorillas they protect are under constant threat from poachers as well as armed groups vying for power in the aftermath of a devastating civil war that claimed five million lives from 1994-2003.

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

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