Jan 10, 2021

Six rangers killed in DR Congo's Virunga National Park

AFP. Six park rangers have been killed after an attack at the famous Virunga National Park in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The rangers were ambushed while on foot patrol inside the park, a spokesperson told the BBC. Staff working in the park, which is home to endangered mountain gorillas, have often come under attack. In April last year 13 rangers were killed in a rebel ambush. A statement from the park said preliminary investigations suggested the rangers "Were taken by surprise and had no opportunity to defend themselves" during the Sunday morning attack. Nearly 700 armed rangers work in Virunga - Africa's oldest nature reserve - where at least 200 have been killed in attacks going back more than a decade, AFP reports.

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